A film is scaring the National Front. The movie Chez Nous by the Belgian director Lucas Belvaux (screenplay with Jérôme Leroy, a great connoisseur of the far right), released this week in French theaters, tells the story of a nurse from the old mining regions in northern France. She is a good person, appreciated by everybody, who is recruited by a far-right party. It sheds light on the double talk of the National Front, which seduces the working classes. They even “emulate Goebbels,” in the opinion of the National Front MP Gilbert Collard.
The film unmasks Marine Le Pen (the character played by Catherine Jacob is inspired by her) and her “populist discourse.” Belvaux asks: “Why do some people vote against their interests? Why do the working classes intend to vote for the National Front? How can they adhere to this cause and the people who seem so far removed from what they are? Because people join anything that excites them or hurts them, because there is denial, amnesia.”
The extreme right has not liked it. Florian Philippot, right arm of Marine Le Pen, never misses an opportunity to attack Belvaux. “He exudes so much class and superiority.” On Wednesday, in front of a cinema that was showing Chez Nous in Hénin-Beaumont — the city evoked in the film, in which the mayor is a member of the National Front Party — the far right staged a protest.