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The origins of Jordan Bardella, a family between Italy and Algeria that became a political line

The president of the RN does not hide his foreign origins and highlights the history of his Italian grandparents. A way for Jordan Bardella to illustrate the assimilation model that he defends.

Jordan Bardella appears to be destined for &agrav; mark French political life for a long time. At only 28 years old, the president of the National Rally can count on a career lasting several decades, as his leadership of the far-right French party ccedil;ais appears today as à both assured and very little contested. Whether or not he becomes Prime Minister in July, he undoubtedly embodies the renewal of the party created and led by Le Pen for more than 40 years . And that's not nothing, the young man has foreign origins that he claims and on which he relies to talk about integration , identity and immigration.

Moreover, Jordan Bardella, regular of social networks and the staging of his image on Tik Tok, likes to talk about himself and his journey. The young man has even writtené ;eacute; an autobiography which is due to appear in September 2024, in which he addresses very personal subjects and talks about his family. He has also already done so. recorded several sequences of the broadcastAmbition Intimefrom Karine Le Marchand, which will be broadcast on M6 in a few months, unless the political agenda changes and he prefers to be postponed. ;eacute; this television moment which is devoted to him, & him and &agrav; his relatives. The boss of the far right, so young and inexperienced, be it, it seems that he intends to make of his past family an element of communication. 

Because if Jordan Bardella was born; in September 1995 à Drancy, in the Paris suburbs, this is not the case for part of his family and in particular his parents. His mother, Luisa Bertelli-Mota, was born in 1962 near Turin, to Italian parents, Severino Bertelli-Motta and Iolanda Benedetto. Both of Jordan Bardella's maternal grandparents lived through childhood. Nichelino before emigrating to the Paris suburbs in 1963.

The father of the boss of the RN is himself of Italian and Franco-Algerian origin, according to information from Jeune Afrique. His paternal grandmother is in fact the daughter of an Algerian from Kabylie, Mohand Seghir Mada, born oacute; &agrav; Guendouz. This man has settled in in France in the 1930s to Villeurbanne, a suburb of Lyon, to work in the textile and construction industry.< /p>

Italian origins highlighted

With the history of his family, Jordan Bardella has woven for several years a well-worked narrative; on his Italian origins. "I came from elsewhere, became from here", he now says ' the platform of his meetings, although he passedé completeness of his youth and his young adult life in Seine-Saint-Denis. And the native of Drancy adds, as if he himself had immigrated to the country. in France with a desire assimilation: "I made the republican effort".

The verse is also quickly found; for someone who has three grandparents out of four born in Italy: "I am é 75% Italian,” he repeats. everyone wants, in public meetings or on television sets. And to insist that the RN, like the FN before it, has the slogan "France çis deserved, whereù çit's inherited". Understand: my family and my grandparents were integrated through work in France and through their desire to join. to blend into French culture. History does not say, however, what his grandparents thought, who could read on the posters of Jean-Marie Le Pen, in the 1980s "1& nbsp;million unemployed, that's 1 million too many immigrants!"

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A notable discretion on his Algerian great-grandfather

History also does not say why Jordan Bardella is very discreet about his distant Algerian origins. Perhaps because the far right is not the most willing to respond. benevolence à with regard to the immigrant population from Algeria. In July 2023, Marine Le Pen's niece, Marion Marchal, fervent defender of a union of the far right , had these words in a meeting: "42% of Algerians have no activity in the world' in France and they represent the first nationality in the world. Foreigner in prison. We are not the daycare center of Algeria!"

Jordan Bardella's direct origins are much less original than he wants you to believe. The leader of the RN has therefore grown and grown in size. Drancy, a commune in Seine-Saint-Denis. He began his schooling there. before continuing studies at university Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis, although he did not complete his university studies, preferring to devote himself fully to political activism. Very quickly spotted. by Marine Le Pen, he will experience a meteoric rise.

A lightning ascent far right

The young man joined the National Front in 2012,   only 16 years old. A very early commitment testifies to his very identity-based convictions, while Marine Le Pen's party then had no experience of becoming a leader. parliamentary nothing of weight nor the stripes of notability; current. Jordan Bardella quickly climbed the party ladder: in 2015 he became a parliamentary assistant, in 2017 he was appointed parliamentary assistant. spokesperson for the FN, and in 2018, he led Generation Nation, the youth branch of the RN​.

The young man meets à the same period Kerridwen Chatillon, the daughter of the sulfurous advisor of the RN Frédéric Chatillon, then  Nolwenn Olivier, the granddaughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, with whom he was in a relationship until very recently. A relationship which underlines its close links, behind the scenes, with the founding family of the RN.

In 2019, à Only 23 years old, Jordan Bardella leads the RN list in the European elections and is elected deputy of the RN. European. His campaign propelled him to the forefront of the political scene. In 2021, he is appointed; interim president of the RN by Marine Le Pen, then elected president of the party in 2022, officially succeeding Le Pen. Marine Le Pen.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116