Mélenchon’s last campaign

The students of Essec are teasing for the return of a distinguished guest, Jean-Luc Mélenchon. “In the absence of new blood, you bring warm blood”, launches a student in introduction, Tuesday, November 16. Jean-Luc Mélenchon listens to jokes almost without batting an eyelid, “It’s full of errors, but nice”, he assures, silencing the image of the tribune who is angry. Five years ago, a few weeks before the first round of the presidential election, he won the applause of young people “Henchmen of capitalism” of this great business school. This year, the atmosphere is calm, even studious. Ideal for donning the costume of the great Republican teacher without being interrupted, less to accredit the idea of ​​a campaign dynamic.

Running three campaigns necessarily means exposing yourself to repetitions and comparisons, which are not always favorable. Jean-Luc Mélenchon is paying the price. Earlier in the day that same Tuesday, he was in the Assembly alongside the companion and father of Julian Assange to defend him and propose, as in 2016, to grant French nationality to the whistleblower. In his entourage, the balance between continuity and renewal figures prominently in strategic questions. In this campaign, there are things that change, others not.

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Of course, on the “rebellious” side, we would especially like the outcome to be different, even if given the state of the forces on the left, it is a dramatic turn of events. No matter if the path is narrow, the score in the polls lower than five years ago at the same time, we prefer to say that the third and last campaign of Jean-Luc Mélenchon will be the right one. “The never two without three wins most of the time in the Ve », notes the deputy of Seine-Saint-Denis Eric Coquerel. Others, more pessimistic, note that the surprise effect of 2017, when the former senator rose to the height of a second-round candidate, is no longer there. In the background, there is the anxiety that something is not happening.

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The slippages of the candidate

To combat this eventuality, the “rebels” deploy a diversified and precise campaign. “Programmatic interviews, media expressions, trips to universities which are like a series of oral exams …”, lists Clémence Guetté, program manager. A campaign on the line which suffers only one exception, the slippages of the candidate. The last, on BFM-TV on October 28, saw the candidate, when asked about Eric Zemmour’s alleged anti-Semitism, stumble into believing that “Mr. Zemmour must not be anti-Semitic because he reproduces many cultural scenarios” related to Judaism. He quickly sketched out an apology on Facebook, thought to himself “Ready to admit [qu’il s’est] poorly expressed since [il a] given rise to interpretations which are contrary to this [qu’il] think “. Without letting go of the case: Thursday, on his account Twitter, he felt that the polemicist had been “Acclaimed” during a meeting of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France.

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