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Mussolini’s Great-Grandson to Stand for European Elections

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Roberto Tumbarello

Tue, 09 Apr 2019 12:02 GMT

In the absence of ideas and innovative projects a name can be paramount in an electoral campaign, especially when the concept of territorial sovereignty is more fashionable than that of human and cultural extension. Caio Giulio Cesare Mussolini is called the novelty; the Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy), a right-wing party, proposing to the voters for the European elections on May 26th. 

He is 50 years old and the Italian dictator's great-grandson. Vittorio, Benito's son, was his grandfather. The Times explained that he entered politics in support of the sovereignty and protection of “our country and the family”, as if these institutions were in danger. He believes he can do a lot for Italy, thanks to his experience and relationships in the European political and financial world. Above all he hopes to be judged for what he will do and not for his descendants. 

He is a candidate in the southern constituency because, “It is from the south that Italy must start again" he explains. He calls himself a patriot for wearing the Navy uniform for 14 years. Then he joined Finmeccanica, the main Italian defense company, for which he played the role of representative in the Middle East. 

His father Guido was the son of Vittorio, the second son of Benito Mussolini and Rachele Guidi. Gaius Julius Caesar is the third descendant of Mussolini to embark on a political adventure. Before him there were two women – and there are still – cousins on his father’s side. Alessandra, 56, is an MEP, and Rachele, 44, a municipal councillor in Rome. 

They are both daughters that Romano Mussolini, the Duce's fourth son, had from two different wives. Alessandra is the daughter of his first wife, Maria Scicolone, 80, sister of the famous star Sofia Loren, 84. While Rachele is the daughter of the second, Carla Maria Puccini, 78. 

Gaius Julius Caesar was born in Argentina, where the family of his father, Guido, moved after the war, the name they wore a little too heavy to carry. The family moved to Venezuela from 1978 to 1986. Gaius returned to Italy to join the Navy and became a submariner. He reached the rank of lieutenant of vessel and commander of the ship Gorgona. 

He was then manager of Oto Melara, a Finmeccanica company. He has been living in Abu Dhabi for 12 years where he works for Drass, a company based in Livorno that produces small submarines and hyperbaric chambers. Now he has decided to enter politics. Even the father on return from Venezuela ran unsuccessfully before the parliament with Fiamma tricolore and then as mayor of Rome with Forza Nuova, both far-right parties. 

When in April 1996 Francesca Boselli, wife of Caio Giulio Cesare, then an officer of Marina, gave birth to little Carlo in Taranto, the Italian right wing rejoiced because the lineage of the name Mussolini was assured. Carlo, who is now 23, is the last descendant. 

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