The rebellious leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon, 70, announced Thursday, May 12 in Marseille that he will not represent himself in his constituency of Bouches-du-Rhône for the legislative elections, specifying in passing the investiture of his campaign director, MEP Manuel Bompard. “‘So sir, why won’t you be a legislative candidate?’ I am asked. Because it is Bompard who will be, he is one of the most eminent figures of the new generation, I entrust him to you, he must be elected”, let go of the leader of the France Insoumise, during a “popular aperitif” in the open air: “We will win and I will be Prime Minister”, he concluded, in front of some 300 activists, in the heart of his constituency.
With his 22% in the first round of the presidential election, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who is aiming for a majority in the National Assembly with his union of the lefts (Nupes), had several times hinted that he “was rather preparing for the idea of being Prime Minister than the idea of being a deputy again”. “I think we will be in the second round in at least 80% of the constituencies”, bet Jean-Luc Mélenchon: “We are the favorites, as long as we do not do anything stupid”, he had launched before, believing that this legislative election, “it is the one that will give the political mandate”.