"God, homeland, family"/ Who is Giorgia Meloni, the future prime minister of Italy

2022-09-26 18:24:45Fokus SHKRUAR NGA GAëL BRANCHEREAU
Giorgia Meloni

The future prime minister of Italy, Giorgia Meloni, president of the "Fratelli d'Italia" (FDI) party, embodies a movement with post-fascist DNA, which she managed to demystify to come to power.

Under the leadership of this 45-year-old novel, the FDI became the leading party in the country, winning more than a quarter of the vote.

In the 2018 legislative elections, the FDI took four percent of the vote, but Ms Meloni has since managed to rally the discontent and frustration of many Italians, exasperated by Brussels' stance on the high cost of living and the future of trapped youth.

Referred to by her opponents for her long experience as an activist in the neo-fascist movement, she asked the crowd during her campaign meetings "am I scary?".

She sought to calm the situation yesterday evening, after the vote, with a short speech to the media, where she repeated calls for calm and national harmony.

"We will govern for all Italians... We will do this with the aim of uniting the people", she said.

In fact, Meloni and her party are the heirs of the Italian Social Movement (MSI), a neo-fascist party created after the Second World War from which she took the leadership, in the founding of "Fratelli d'Italia", in late 2012. where a tricolor flame serves as the logo.

At the age of 19, she told the French channel "France 3" that "dictator Benito Mussolini was a good politician".

She still admits today that Mussolini had "achieved too much", without exonerating him from his "mistakes" such as the anti-Jewish laws and the start of the war.

But, she also says that in her party "there is no place for those nostalgic for fascism, nor for racism and anti-Semitism".

"I am a Christian"

Born in Rome on January 15, 1977, Giorgia Meloni became an activist at the age of 15 in right-wing student associations while working as a caretaker or waitress.

In 1996, she became the president of a high school association "Azione Studentesca", whose emblem is the Celtic cross.

In 2006, she became a deputy and vice-president of the Chamber of Deputies.

Two years later, she was appointed Minister of Youth in Silvio Berlusconi's government.

This is her only experience in government.

Then she diligently attends television.

Her youth, her courage, her formulas made her a good client for the media. She realizes that, at least as much as ideas, the personality of a beautiful young blonde woman in a still sexist Italy is also attractive.

Her motto?

"God, homeland, family".

Her priorities?

Close the borders to protect Italy from Islamization, renegotiate European treaties so that Rome can regain control of its own destiny, fight against the “LGBT lobbies” and the “demographic winter” of the country whose average age is the highest in the world industrialized, just behind Japan.

In 2016, she denounced the "ethnic replacement that is happening in Italy", in unison with other European far-right formations.

"The melon represents a point of reference for protest and discontent," says Sofia Ventura, professor of political science at the University of Bologna.

"I am Giorgia, I am a woman, I am a mother, I am Italian, I am a Christian," she told her supporters in Rome in 2019 during a fiery speech that became famous.

Giorgia Meloni, who lives with a TV journalist, has a daughter born in 2006.

This talented orator who knows how to talk to Italians while cultivating her popular accent typical of Rome, can also be fragile, but also aggressive.

And sometimes it's in bad taste, as in a video posted Sunday on TikTok in which she appears with two melons in her hands at chest level, in reference to her last name.

At the end of 2012, tired of the disputes devouring the right, she founded "Fratelli d'Italia" with other dissidents of Berlusconism.

When Mario Draghi, the former governor of the European Central Bank, formed a cabinet of national unity in February 2021 to pull Italy out of the health and economic crisis, she and her party were the only ones who refused to take part.

"Italy needs a free opposition", she said afterwards.

It is in the name of this freedom, synonymous with sovereignty, that this Atlanticist denounced the Russian occupation of Ukraine from the first day.