Disinfo: Nathalie Loiseau promises a controversially sounding “Blitzkrieg” to boost her candidacy

Summary

To give a boost to her candidacy, [Nathalie Loiseau] – who appeared in 1984 on the list of a student association close to the far right – did not exclude a “Blitzkrieg”, though a “positive” one.

Disproof

The disinformation outlet lays out a tendentious coverage of Nathalie Loiseau's campaign during the European election 2019, mixing up different elements and therefore distorts her message.

During her speech delivered that day at the Memorial of Caen, Nathalie Loiseau, according to l'Obs, said "Nationalism is a war". The conversation about "Blitzkrieg" was not a part of speech delivered by Loiseau herself. The message about "Blitzkrieg" refers to Loiseau's interview for l'Obs. Its journalist asked Nathalie Loiseau weather she would do a "Blitzkrieg" in the very last moment of her campaign (the campaign appeared not to be very successful back then): "Do you plan a Blitzkrieg?" Nathalie Loiseau responded: "But a positive Blitzkrieg. Because we are here to propose and not to bomb!" The controversial word attributed to Loiseau was used by the reporter to illustrate the timing of her campaign.

Another element of the narrative refers to Loiseau taking part in student elections in 1984 at Science Po University, within a student association called UED. Researchers of the far right disagree that it was a far right association at that time. Nathalie Loiseau was not an active member (see previous debunk here). She stated: "they wanted to make me an activist of the far right at the moment when I'm fighting the extreme right". In summary, the disinformation outlet distorts Loiseau's original message.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 157
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: France
  • Keywords: EU elections 2019, EU, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Sputnik News Fr

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