l’essentielThe LFI deputy Rachel Keke, elected in June 2022 to the Assembly, still resides in her social housing in Val-de-Marne, but is required to pay an additional rent. On the other hand, Jean-Luc Mélenchon denounces a « new controversy by the fascists ».
The controversy surrounding Rachel Keke’s social housing is growing. And Jean-Luc Mélenchon, founder of La France Insoumise, is stepping up to defend the parliamentarian from his party who was elected in June 2022.
« I cannot reword »
Nouvelle polémique des fachos contre Rachel Kéké à propos de son logement HLM. Je souhaite qu’elle y reste. Quitte à ce que son loyer soit adapté. Elle n’est pas élue à vie. Et c’est une bonne chose que les élus du peuple n’abandonnent pas la vie des leurs.
— Jean-Luc Mélenchon (@JLMelenchon) September 8, 2023
Since her entry into the National Assembly just over a year ago, the former chambermaid, who surprisingly defeated former Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu, still resides in her approximately 80m² social housing in Chevilly-Larue (Val-de-Marne). This is something that she does not deny, on the contrary, as she explained to BFMTV.
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« Yes, I am still living in my social housing, » insists the mother of five children. « As soon as I was elected to the National Assembly, I went to see my social landlord to ask if I could stay. »
« I have nothing to hide. »
The person agreed, with the only condition of paying an additional rent from now on. This is a provision stated in the building code. « When your income increases, you may be required to pay an additional rent (or solidarity rent supplement, known as SLS), » it is specified. « But if your income increases significantly, you may be forced to leave your accommodation. »
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« I have nothing to hide, » says Rachel Keke. « And I have never wanted to rush to live elsewhere. I have been living here for 7 years. » She sees in this controversy « the shadow of the far right, » while the information was released by the website Factuel, a recent media outlet supported in particular by journalist Christine Kelly, former member of the CSA and figure of CNews.
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In his plea-like tweet, Jean-Luc Mélenchon also believes that Rachel Keke is not « elected for life » and that « it is a good thing that elected representatives do not abandon the lives of their own ».