the left in search of a “new popular front”

the left in search of a new popular front

On the evening of June 10, the Socialist Party, the Communist Party, the ecologists and France Insoumises announced “ unique applications ” In “ each constituency » in the first round of legislative elections on June 30. They also call “to join the union processions” this weekend and to “ demonstrate widely “. Coming in third position in the European elections under the PS-Place publique label, the socialist Raphaël Glucksmann proposes that the former secretary general of the CFDT Laurent Berger become Prime Minister in the event of a victory for the left in the early legislative elections of June 30 and 7 July.

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The Socialist Party, the Communist Party, environmentalists and La France insoumise indicated Monday evening that they wanted “ support unique applications from the first round » of the legislative elections, in a press release also signed by Place publique, or Générations.

We call for the creation of a new popular front bringing together in a new form all the left-wing humanist, union, associative and citizen forces. ” in order to ” build an alternative to Emmanuel Macron and fight the racist project of the far right », Write the signatory parties.

The Socialist Party, the Communist Party, environmentalists and La France insoumise called on Monday to “ join the processions » planned this weekend at the call of the CFDT, the CGT, the UNSA, the FSU and Solidaires and to “ demonstrate widely » before the early legislative elections.

The left-wing parties, as well as Place publique and Génération.s, explained in a joint press release that they wanted “ carry out a break-up program ” through a “ new popular front “.

Bring together a popular front, but without Jean-Luc Mélenchon?

Separate parties for the European vote, the PS, the ecologists, the Communist Party and La France insoumise met at the end of the afternoon at the headquarters of the Greens to try to find an agreement despite a particularly violent campaign, and while the personality and the words of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, accused in particular of ambiguity on the question of anti-Semitism, divide enormously on the left. The First Secretary of the PS, Olivier Faurewarned Monday morning that he would not line up “ not on Jean-Luc Mélenchon » as in 2022.

In a joint press release issued by Olivier Faure and Aurore Lalucq, co-president of Place publique, the pair believes that “ the PS-PP list released at the head of the left bears a particular responsibility for bringing together a true popular front. »

Having collected 9.89% of the votes on Sunday June 9, a far cry from Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s 21.95% in the presidential election two years ago, the Insoumis do not intend to fall behind another line. than theirs and the Nupes program. Among the environmentalists, in disarray for having obtained 5.5% of the votes on Sunday in the European elections, the boss Marine Tondelier estimated that there was “ need to rekindle a flame of hope for left-wing voters. »

Laurent Berger to be Prime Minister?

In an interview given to the France 2 channel during the 8 p.m. news, the socialist Raphaël Gluskmann proposed that Laurent Berger, former secretary general of the CFDTaccesses the post of Prime Minister if the left wins the legislative elections scheduled for June 30 and July 7.

He explains his choice: “ I think that there is a figure in civil society who is capable of appeasement, who is the antithesis of the current president, who will not play with institutions, who will reconcile the French, who will carry a project of social justice and of ecology. I think of Laurent Berger. »

The MEP has ruled out becoming head of government himself. “ It will clearly not be Jean-Luc Mélenchon » neither, he also added, reiterating the conditions set by the socialists and his party, Place publique, to conclude an agreement with France Insoumise (LFI).

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