Giorgia Meloni: Italians first

REPORTAGE – If the polls are reliable, the founder of the far-right Fratelli d’Italia party should be the future president of the Italian Council. During the legislative elections on 25th September, his formation should not only dominate the centre-right coalition but also become the leading political force in Italy.

From our special correspondents Jean-Marc Gonin (text) and Éric Vandeville (photos)

The microphone glued to her lips like a stand-up artist, Giorgia Meloni paces the stage up and down. The desk decorated with the tricolor flame of the Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) is completely useless to him. The new star of Italian politics, who is predicted to lead the Italian government after the September 25 legislative elections, cannot remain in place. Standing at the edge of the podium decorated with green ferns and white and red cyclamen to recall the national colors, this short woman (1.63 meters) harangues her audience with an inexhaustible and communicative energy. She walks throwing her feet forward like a soldier Nutcracker then freezes in front of the crowd, leans over, suddenly lowers his voice so that his audience listens. The tone becomes slower as if for a confidence: “When the left talks about us, it manufactures…

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