Perhaps more than elsewhere, words are important to the Communist Party (PCF). Within the formation which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, they are carefully deciphered, like so many Vaticanists before a papal encyclical. This is what happened on the weekend of November 15 when the mayor of La Courneuve (Seine-Saint-Denis), Gilles Poux – supported by the former patron of the Communists, Marie-George Buffet -, stated in The Parisian support Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the 2022 presidential election. “Jean-Luc Mélenchon enjoys real recognition on the left, despite his mistakes and individual postures. The “The Common Future” program is a radical base, which makes it possible to respond to the urgency of the situation. If we all go to the left, if we agree to federate, we can avoid the duel written in advance between [Emmanuel] Macron and Marine Le Pen in the second round. “
A rally that comes very early, eighteen months before the deadline, and even though the line of the PCF is to have an independent candidacy for the elections. But, again, words matter. In management, we focus on the formulation “Individual mistakes and postures”, proof that, if there is support, he is more timid than four years ago when Mr. Poux had taken the same step. “They support Jean-Luc Mélenchon lip service”, tackle Fabien Roussel, the national secretary. Words, always.
“We must be lucid”
Another Communist framework seeing with a good eye the candidacy of Mr. Mélenchon, the deputy of Seine-Saint-Denis Stéphane Peu. “I hope that the left and the ecologists have a common candidacy. It could go as far as the Socialist Party (PS) whose liberal wing is part of Macron, he advances. Questions of ecological and social sovereignty will be essential. Jean-Luc Mélenchon has the legitimacy to be the candidate to unite. ” M. Peu considers that it is necessary “Work on a pact bringing together all the components of the left, otherwise we risk not being in the second round”.
In more direct terms, his comrade from Hauts-de-Seine, Elsa Faucillon, shares his opinion. “I salute the spirit of responsibility which animates my comrades [qui se sont prononcés pour un soutien à la candidature de M. Mélenchon] faced with the issue which is serious. We have to be clear about ourselves. The left is very weak. If there are six or seven candidates, we will not be able to foil the duel announced between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. And given our state, having an autonomous Communist candidacy would be neither serious nor responsible. ” However, she is clear on the difficulties ahead: “Will that be enough to be in the second round?” We must embody other political families, including those who, within Europe Ecology-The Greens and even the PS, are at odds with neoliberalism. “
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