Christiane Taubira: survey, program … A real hope for the left in 2022?

Christiane Taubira survey program A real hope for the left

TAUBIRA. Another candidacy on the left: Christiane Taubira aspires to run for the 2022 presidential election if she wins the People’s Primary. But between the polls and its program, can it embody a leap for the left?

The essential

  • Christiane Taubira announced her candidacy for the presidential election on Sunday January 9, 2022. But the former Minister of Justice has specified that she will submit to the verdict of the Popular Primary, whose vote will take place from January 27 to 30.
  • If she did not want to be “one more candidate”, the ambition of the former Minister of Justice should finally be added to the list of various left contenders at the Elysee Palace. Long hoped for as the one in a position to achieve union, her enterprise failed. But despite everything, she seeks the presidential palace.
  • Polls still give it far from 10%. Christiane Taubira would indeed collect only 2 to 4% of the voting intentions in the first round.


Christiane Taubira at 4% in the last poll

January 12 campaign column. 5:19 p.m. The latest poll on voting intentions in the first round of the presidential election, carried out by Elabe and published on Wednesday January 12, 2022, credits Christiane Taubira with 4% of the vote. The former Keeper of the Seals would arrive very far from Emmanuel Macron and right-wing candidates, not further upsetting the balance to the left.

Hailed as the one that could have allowed the left to unite, Christiane Taubira’s candidacy for the presidential election was finally added to all those already announced. If the ambition of the former Minister of Justice was to succeed in organizing a common project, she faced the categorical refusal of Yannick Jadot or even Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Despite this failure, she aims to go to the end after months when her interference in the countryside appeared to be an Arlésienne. But far from reshuffling the cards on the left, it just seems to vary the possible outcomes of the other contenders, at the margin.

Taubira candidate without rally

“I will not be another candidate.” The promise made by Christiane Taubira apparently flew three weeks after being made. Because, while the former Minister of Justice wanted to convince the other left-wing presidential contenders to participate in the popular primary, all refused to submit to it, even Anne Hidalgo ultimately not accepting this mode of appointment. Despite an impossible situation, the former Minister of Justice announced on Sunday January 9, 2022 to support this citizens’ initiative: “I accept the risk of democracy. I will accept the verdict of the popular primary”.

In the columns of West France Monday, January 10, Christian Taubira detailed what prompted her to come forward: “I do not see any signs of rallying, neither at the level of candidates nor at the level of parties. This finding of impasse leads me to recognize the popular primary as a democratic space in itself. It is the last space where a gathering of the left is possible “. The former presidential candidate of 2002 specifies that she did not exchange with Yannick Jadot nor Anne Hidalgo “recently”, but “with people around them”, regretting that “the union is called by everyone, but there, the problem currently, it is that it is a little the union behind oneself “.

If she still says “throw[r] all my strength in union “, Christiane Taubira, has not, for the time being, managed to place herself in tune the violins on the left for a common project. She even seems to divide it even more by launching herself out of her own accord. side, while the movement is already advancing in dispersed order.The former tenant of the Place Vendôme therefore wants to try to surf on a popular mobilization to “bring up the desire for union”, after the failure of negotiations behind the scenes. Will the popular primary get the left out of the doldrums?

This independent initiative has been proposing for several months to designate a single candidacy to carry “ecological, democratic and social values”. First categorically rejected by all aspirants to the Elysee Palace, it ended up seducing the former Minister of Justice. The concept ? In October, sponsorships of personalities took place (with their approval or not), allowing the selection of ten candidates: Anne Hidalgo, Yannick Jadot, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, François Ruffin, Clémentine Autain, Gaël Giraud, Pierre Larrouturou, Charlotte Marchandise, Anna Agueb-Poterie and… Christiane Taubira. Only four expressed their interest in participating in the ballot, but no leading political figure, before the turnaround of the former minister of François Hollande. So far, more than 110,000 people have announced their intention to participate in the vote.

What are Christiane Taubira’s results in the polls?

Christiane Taubira has, for the first time, been tested by a polling institute. It is OpinionWay who slipped the name of the former Minister of Justice in its survey carried out online from December 8 to 9 among 962 people. It emerged that the former Minister of Justice would collect only 2% of the vote in the first round of the presidential election, or more or less his score in the first round of the 2002 presidential election. At the time, a candidate for the Radical Party of left (PRG), Christiane Taubira had been accused, along with Jean-Pierre Chevènement, of depriving Lionel Jospin of a second round, indirectly paving the way for Jean-Marie Le Pen at the time. In the latest Elabe poll for BFMTV and L’Express, published on January 12, she is credited with 4% of the voting intentions.

Christiane Taubira has not yet released the details of her presidential program. On the other hand, in a column published in The world on December 29, she drew the outlines of what it could contain, brushing out many subjects, without going into practical details. For example, she wishes to put back “from the public health service, thirty minutes from home, under annual allocations to break with the accounting logic, of which it will be necessary to strengthen the reception and care capacities, in addition to ensuring the fair remuneration of personal “, campaigns for an increase in the minimum wage, but also teachers, while advocating a return of the ISF, take more from those who can contribute more” but also “punished[r] severely those who organize themselves to evade taxes “.

Christiane Taubira wants to “stimulate and support research, in time and in the moment”, but also “to get down to work for good to renovating the millions of thermally failing homes”, “to promote the solidarist and efficient economy, to regulate digital giants, actively protect personal data, contain the ordinary violence that parasitizes social networks “, while fighting against” the climate shock [qui] is already the business of this century and [qui] calls for drastic choices “.

Biography of Christiane Taubira

Originally from Cayenne, Christiane Taubira was born on February 2, 1952. Coming from a family of six children, she was raised by her mother, a caregiver. She studied economics and agro-food in Paris and Bordeaux before becoming professor of economics in 1978. She co-founded the Caribbean Confederation of Agricultural Cooperation, which she headed from 1982 to 1985. She also joined the Office cooperation and foreign trade of Guyana.

In 1993, she founded Walwari, a Guyanese political party based on socialist ideas and was elected deputy for the 1st constituency of Guyana. After having supported the Balladur government that same year, she joined the Republic and Freedom group, then Radical Energy (which would become the Left Radical Party) and was elected Member of the European Parliament in 1994. She will keep her seat until 1999.

Related to the Socialist Party from 1997 to 2001, Christiane Taubira was chosen to represent the Left Radical Party in the 2002 presidential election. She then became its first vice-president. In 2004, she stood in the European elections, at the top of the ‘Fraternal Europe’ list, but won only 1.54% of the vote. In the 2007 presidential election, the PRG will not present any candidate, preferring an alliance with the Socialist Party.

Christiane Taubira therefore supports the candidacy of Ségolène Royal as ‘delegate for republican expression’. Reelected Member of the Guyana in 2007, she participated in the regional elections in 2010, but failed against Rodolphe Alexandre. The same year, she chose to support Arnaud Montebourg, candidate for the socialist primaries for the 2012 presidential election. Christiane Taubira is known for her positions taken for the recognition by European authorities of the slave trade and slavery as a crime. against humanity, but also for its opposition to the bill relating to the wearing of religious symbols in public schools, preferring an educational response rather than a legislative one.

In 2012, she became Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals. She is in particular at the origin of the law on marriage for all adopted in 2013. At the beginning of 2016, she slammed the door of her ministry, throwing her place to Jean-Jacques Urvoas. Christiane Taubira will explain her resignation by her disagreement with the government about the deprivation of nationality.