Some have nicknamed their small group “the rednecks”, and are very afraid that this brand of self-deprecation will come across as contempt. “ It is a very derogatory term », we are told. They are the rebellious deputies from rural constituencies, gathered at the National Assembly in a working group devoted to the specificities of the countryside, starting with agriculture. A priori innocuous, this very official collective nevertheless manipulates a highly flammable political substance within the Mélenchonist movement: rural areas – the rebels insist on the plural – appear to be the weak point of the LFI vote. The day after the 2022 legislative elections, some rebels, starting with François Ruffin, were tense internally when making this observation. With the farmers' social movementthe question arises for the defenders of “popular union” with even greater force: how can an essentially metropolitan movement address the countryside?