Yannick Jadot wants to unite the left in the presidential election, Anne Hidalgo replies that only “social democracy” can achieve it

With less than five months from the deadline, they still believe in the victory of the left in the presidential election … provided that the union is done under their colors. Despite voting intentions that have peaked below 10% in the polls for several weeks, the ecologist Yannick Jadot, the socialist Anne Hidalgo, or the candidate of La France insoumise (LFI), Jean-Luc Mélenchon, are convinced that their camp can still win. It remains to be seen who can still represent him.

“In January, I hope that we will collectively give ourselves the means to unite”, thus launched the winner of the primary of the ecologists, Yannick Jadot, on November 21 in an interview with Sunday Newspaper. This union would take place around his person, because, according to him, “It is around the ecological project that a rallying dynamic must be initiated”. “To socialists as to all progressives: join us!” “, therefore called the MEP Europe Ecology-The Greens.

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What “central force” on the left?

If the socialist Anne Hidalgo shares the goal of the ecologist of a necessary gathering of the left, she replied Monday that she does not want to side with another candidacy, but to take the head of a possible union. In interview given to Latest News from Alsace, published Monday 22 November, Mme Hidalgo estimates that, “To unite, the left must be led by a social democrat”, ensuring that the Socialist Party alone can remain “The central force” from the left.

For his part, the candidate of La France insoumise, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, mocked on November 8 “The hollow and empty strategy of the union of the left” car “We knew there would be different candidates”. Having obtained 19.58% of the votes gathered in the first round of the 2017 presidential election, far ahead of the 6.36% of the socialist Benoît Hamon, he thinks he is in the best position to achieve “Popular union” to which he has aspired for several months. His strategy aims to step over party agreements, but is not unanimous in the very ranks of the galaxy of the “disobedient.” LFI deputies Clémentine Autain and François Ruffin defended the principle of a on Friday, November 19th “Popular and ecological front” for the presidential election, a proposal initiated by the elected representative of the Somme who does not seem to meet with an echo so far.

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For a rally between various left-wing candidates to take place in the coming months, it would still be necessary for programmatic points of agreement to emerge and for mutual criticism to cease for a few weeks, which still does not seem to be the case. agenda. In his interview with DNA, Anne Hidalgo thus stands out from the environmental candidate: “When the Greens say that the price of gasoline must be increased, I say that it must be lowered. “ To criticism of the PS candidate, who claims to be the only one to reconcile ecological imperative and social justice, Yannick Jadot replies that “Environmentalists have no lesson to learn”.

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Roussel hopes for a legislative pact

Announced below 3% of voting intentions in the polls, the French Communist Party’s presidential candidate, Fabien Roussel, traces, for the time being, his campaign without worrying about alliances. The deputy from the North, who gave his first meeting on Sunday since the Fête de l’Humanité, in September, unfolded his positions: increase of the minimum wage and retirement pensions to 1,500 euros net, of all other salaries according to inflation, public employment service providing a profession and paid training for each young person, recruitment of 500,000 civil servants.

To finance them, Fabien Roussel recommends in particular a “Covid tax” on profits and “Crisis profiteers” but also the “Tripling of the ISF”, the nationalization of BNP, Société Générale and Axa.

Fabien Roussel especially concluded his speech by recalling one of the cardinal goals of his campaign: the legislative elections which follow the presidential election, capital for the survival of the PCF. “On the left, yes we will always hold out our hand, to build the legislative pact, to elect the most left-wing deputies to the National Assembly”, warned the Communist.

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