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“It’s not just Zemmour, and it’s not just the right”: Jean-Luc Mélenchon also in a meeting this Sunday

It is not only the right which is equipping its weapons for the presidential election. This Sunday afternoon, the candidate of the Popular Union, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, is holding his first big meeting in La Défense (Hauts-de-Seine), hoping to refocus attention to the left and his candidacy. “It’s a mouse hole, but we have a chance to be in the second round”, he explained in our columns two days ago, praising the 694 measures of his program, ready to be applied in case of victory. .

While all eyes are on the right, between the appointment of Valérie Pécresse as candidate for the Republicans, and the first meeting, at high risk of overflows, of the far-right representative Eric Zemmour, the former leader of rebellious France wants make his voice heard again. “The day after the appointment of the LR candidate”, Valérie Pécresse, it was necessary “to show that it is not only the right which prepares the presidential election”, explained to AFP Manuel Bompard, his campaign manager . As for Zemmour’s official entry into the campaign, “it strengthens our position: we are there, it’s not just Zemmour, and it’s not just the right,” Bompard further sums up.

In 2017, Jean-Luc Mélenchon won nearly 20% of the vote in the first round. The polls – which are based on half of people certain to vote – credit him today with 7.5 to 10% of the voting intentions, ahead of the environmental candidate Yannick Jadot and the socialist Anne Hidalgo.

“It’s the start of the campaign”

Four months before the first round of the presidential election, on April 10, 2022, “the picture is more or less known,” Mélenchon noted. “It is true that this weekend is the start of the campaign, we know all the candidates, we will be able to move forward in the cycle of debates and confrontation of projects”, he noted. , reproaching Emmanuel Macron for not formalizing his candidacy to allow the debate of ideas.

“You have to be modest when you campaign. I had three presidential campaigns, the truth is that we start it all the time, ”Jean-Luc Mélenchon explained on BFMTV this Sunday at the end of the morning. “We are the political family of the rupture with the order of the world in which we live, if we continue like this, we are going to a social, ecological and perhaps also democratic catastrophe”. But “solutions exist and we can do otherwise”, he wanted to affirm.

In the campaign for a year, Mélenchon wants to mobilize young people and working-class neighborhoods. “If they are going to vote”, he said again to the Parisian, and for that he wants to use his Parliament of the Popular Union, composed of 200 people, half politicians, half associations or trade unionists, who want that Mélenchon defends a certain social requirement. ” It’s time. With inflation, demands, strikes for wages are resumed. If I am elected, there will be a social emergency law. We will freeze the prices of fuel, energy and basic necessities. Who will pay the difference? Private profits, ”he explained in Le Parisien.

This Sunday morning, Mélenchon launched the work of this Parliament, chaired by the ex-spokesperson for Attac Aurélie Found. Among its members are the writer Annie Ernaux, Sylvie Glissant, the wife of the poet Édouard Glissant, champion of the “creolization” dear to the LFI candidate, Xavier Mathieu, the former CGT union representative of the Continental AG factory. de Clairoix, or Thomas Portes, former spokesperson for Sandrine Rousseau during the Greens primary.

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