Ludivine Daoudi, a candidate representing the far-right Rassemblement National (RN) party in Normandy’s 1st constituency of Calvados, has announced her withdrawal from the race.

This decision comes in response to a wave of public outcry following the circulation of a photograph depicting her wearing a Nazi cap at an arms market several years ago.


Daoudi had secured a notable 19.95% of the vote in the initial round of elections, positioning herself for the second round. However, the emergence of the controversial image swiftly cast a shadow over her candidacy.

Philippe Chapron, the local RN branch leader, confirmed the decision to withdraw Daoudi’s candidacy was made at the party’s headquarters in response to the escalating controversy.

Speaking to radio France Bleu Normandie, Chapron acknowledged the authenticity of the photograph, stating, “She doesn’t deny it; she took the photo several years ago at an arms market.”

He further clarified that the decision to withdraw Daoudi’s candidacy was effective immediately. The photograph in question was initially shared by Emma Fourreau, a candidate from the left-wing Nouveau Front Populaire alliance, who secured 34.82% of the vote in the constituency.

In her social media post, Fourreau criticized Daoudi’s absence during the campaign and referenced the controversial photograph as contributing to public skepticism about Daoudi’s candidacy.

This incident adds to a series of controversies surrounding RN candidates during the electoral campaign, with several others being scrutinized for racist, anti-Semitic, and insulting remarks made on social media platforms.


The RN, under the leadership of Marine Le Pen, has faced persistent allegations of harboring extremist views and affiliations, which have periodically surfaced during election cycles.

The withdrawal of Daoudi’s candidacy underscores the volatility and scrutiny that political candidates face in the digital age, where past actions and statements can quickly resurface to influence public perception.

As France prepares for the second round of legislative elections, the incident involving Daoudi serves as a stark reminder of the heightened sensitivity surrounding issues of historical remembrance and political affiliations in contemporary French society.

The fallout from this controversy is expected to resonate in both local and national political spheres, influencing voter sentiment and strategic considerations as candidates vie for electoral support.

The decision to withdraw Daoudi from the race reflects a broader reckoning within the RN and other political entities regarding the alignment of candidates with societal norms and expectations.

In the wake of this development, the remaining candidates in Normandy’s 1st constituency will undoubtedly recalibrate their campaign strategies amid shifting public discourse and heightened scrutiny over candidates’ backgrounds and affiliations.


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