The mayor of Le Mans (Socialist Party, PS), Stéphane Le Foll, announcement, Sunday July 18, in an interview with Sunday newspaper, his candidacy for the presidential election in 2022 for which he claims a primary within the PS.
Close to former President François Hollande, Stéphane Le Foll wishes in particular to debate with the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who recently received the support of elected socialists to stand as a candidate. She has, for the moment, not formalized her candidacy.
” On the background, declares the chosen one, this primary must take place; on the form, there must be a debate and a choice of the militants. In the PS, the party of internal democracy, would we be the only ones not to have a democratic designation process? Be serious. (…) I hear that statutory changes to remove the primary will be presented to Congress [du parti, prévu les 18 et 19 septembre à Villeurbanne]. It would be incomprehensible, scandalous and dangerous ”, he asserts.
“No more debate”
The one who was Minister of Agriculture from 2012 to 2017 criticizes, in this interview, the lack of internal democracy within the PS:
“Preparing for a presidential election is not limited to calling someone and collecting signatures! The PS has lost all democratic vitality. In the past, the least we can say is that debates existed between the currents, a little too overdone sometimes. But today, there is no longer a single one. However, a debate on political orientation is absolutely necessary. “
“The truth is that everything is completely locked”, he denounces. Starting with the September congress which, he says, will “To limit oneself to renewing Olivier Faure. Is this really what we need on the eve of the presidential election? Obviously no. ”
Declaring himself ” candidate “ for “Carry a line and a project”, the former Minister of Agriculture (2012-2017) announces the publication of his book, Let’s reconnect with the France of the Enlightenment, 1er September, which will focus on ” the way in which [il] see[t] things for the country, the left and environmentalists ”.
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