Indochine threatens not to participate in the Déferlantes festival because of the RN: we explain the controversy to you

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The French group Indochine has been threatening not to participate in the Déferlantes festival since the organizers announced its move to Perpignan, a city led by mayor RN Louis Aliot.

The Indochine group threatens to cancel its visit to the Pyrénées-Orientales next July at the Déferlantes festival, moved for logistical reasons to Perpignan, a city led by the mayor RN Louis Aliot. For its part, the far-right party denounces a “sectarian and disrespectful” positioning. La Dépêche goes back in detail on the events which caused a big controversy.

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Indochine goes to the front

“We were presented with the fait accompli, that the Festival Les Déferlantes, where we are scheduled on July 8, moved to Perpignan instead of the site initially planned”, posted this weekend the Indochine group on its network accounts. social. As a reminder, Indochine is known for its commitments against far-right ideas. But Perpignan has for mayor Louis Aliot, one of the historical figures of the National Rally.

“The RN mayor of Perpignan tweeted that he was happy to host the festival,” added singer Nicola Sirkis’ band. Who asks “expressly to the direction of the Déferlantes to move this festival to another place, otherwise, we will cancel our coming”.

Bardella fires back

Faced with threats from the group, RN president Jordan Bardella reacted by denouncing the group’s disrespect for their fans, potential voters of the far-right party. “By its sectarian attitude, the Indochine group discriminates against an entire city and its 121,000 inhabitants. There is no courage in that: rather snobbery and above all the contempt of thousands of their loyal fans who are also – and that is their right – RN voters,” he tweeted.

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Through its sectarian attitude, the Indochine group discriminates against an entire city and its 121,000 inhabitants.

There is no courage in that: rather snobbery and above all the contempt of thousands of their loyal fans who are also – and it is their right – RN voters. https://t.co/mmil9IWQ1m

—Jordan Bardella (@J_Bardella) January 8, 2023

“When you’re an artist, you don’t play politics, you don’t sort the people who come to these concerts according to their political opinion”, added the president of the RN on BFMTV, who also specifies: “I am only went to one concert in my life, the Indochina concert”.

The festival evokes a “more suitable” place

For their part, the organizers of the festival said they took “note of the position of the Indochine group to condition, for political questions, their coming to Les Déferlantes”, according to a press release quoted by the daily. The Independent. The management still regrets “that music and politics are thus associated”.

The management of Les Déferlantes had explained the reasons for this geographical displacement on the festival’s website. In 2022, the latter had welcomed “more than 100,000 festival-goers for 4 days”, but the public deplored “certain difficulties encountered during this last edition, in particular travel to and from Céret”, a usual site located in the Pyrenees- Orientales, can we read on the festival website.

“This is the reason why we have decided to move Les Déferlantes to a more suitable place (…) From July 6 to 9, 2023, Les Déferlantes therefore give you an appointment in Perpignan”, write the organizers of the event. ‘event. Sting, Bigflo & Oli, Damso, David Guetta, Lomepal, Louise Attaque, Izïa, Pomme, Rosalía and Soprano are the other headliners announced for this festival.