Candidate or not candidate? Jean-Luc Mélenchon gave an element of response on France 2, and obviously, he does not plan to be himself a candidate for the legislative elections of June 12 and 19, he indicated. The former LFI presidential candidate has been, for several days, the craftsman of an electoral agreement between LFI, the PS, EELV and the PCF. “Probably”, replied the outgoing deputy of Bouches-du-Rhône, invited to confirm at 8 p.m. on France 2 that he would not be a candidate. The boss of the Insoumis also invoked the sufficient legitimacy that would give him, if he were to become Prime Minister, the seven million votes garnered in the first round of the presidential election.
Despite deep differences, Jean-Luc Mélenchon has accomplished the feat of bringing together the main left-wing parties under the banner of the New People’s Ecological and Social Union for a common adventure that poses an existential challenge to the PS. Long fantasized and often described as impossible, the union of the left became a reality on the night of Thursday to Friday when the National Council of the PS adopted, after sometimes heated debates, at 62% the agreement with France rebellious.
“Able to converge”
The rebellious leader is organizing a family photo on Saturday on the occasion of an investiture convention of the “New popular ecological and social union” (Nupes) in Aubervilliers, near Paris. The event marks a profound break for the PS, particularly in relation to the Hollande five-year term, the consequences of which in the short and medium term remain uncertain. The head of socialist negotiators Pierre Jouvet welcomed this “historic gathering” on Friday that “the French desperate for this disunity” were waiting for. “We have proven that we are capable of converging on a common project to change people’s lives”, rejoiced the representative of the new wave of the PS where a generational divide has clearly appeared in recent days.
With, on the one hand, a young guard impatient to forge agreements on the ashes of the fiasco of the socialist candidate Anne Hidalgo in the presidential election (1.74%). And, on the other, the “elephants” like François Hollande, Bernard Cazeneuve, Jean-Marc Ayrault or Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, headwind against this union with Mr. Mélenchon who has never spared them. At LFI, we applaud, like LFI MEP Manon Aubry. “I remember the first time we saw the Socialist Party, a big week ago, I had the feeling of having in front of me a new Socialist Party, ready to go back on the El Khomri laws [sur le droit du travail]ready to defend retirement at 60, the Sixth Republic, and even not to respect certain European rules,” she said.