It is an exercise which he likes and of which the health crisis had greatly deprived him. Jean-Luc Mélenchon made his back-to-school meeting, Sunday, August 29, at the “Amfis”, the summer days of La France insoumise (LFI), in the Drôme. He addressed the activists on the stage installed in front of the lake of Châteauneuf-sur-Isère, near Valence.
The declared candidate of France insubordinate to the presidential election of 2022 announced to have already collected 240 signatures of mayors out of the 500 necessary to formalize his candidacy.
He reiterated his opposition to the health pass – introduced in the face of a new wave of Covid-19 – judging him “Infringing on freedom in the world of work”, while lambasting “The extreme right and the anti-Semites” present at the events. “We’ve had enough of them, get the hell out of our demonstrations, keep your signs for yourselves”, did he declare.
Call for mobilization against abstention
Before his speech, the member for Bouches-du-Rhône benefited from the support of the president of the regional council of Reunion, Huguette Bello. She had beaten the outgoing right in June, with the support of LFI in the first round, then the rest of the left in the second. A pattern that Jean-Luc Mélenchon would like to reproduce nationally next April.
In an interview granted on Thursday at the liberated Dauphiné, the called on popular circles to mobilize. If they are not going to vote, “We will be crushed”. He also said that the 2022 election would be his last presidential election. Sunday, at the tribune, Mr. Mélenchon hammered that “Abstention is the worst that can happen to us”, “The more it votes, the stronger we are, the less it votes, the stronger Macron and Le Pen are. “