It has been a month since the socialist candidate Anne Hidalgo proposed to her competitors on the left to participate together in a primary for the presidential election.
But this Saturday, she noted the failure “for now” of her approach, pointing in particular to the environmentalist Yannick Jadot.
“This proposal has not yet been the subject of an agreement, or in any case of a volley to move forward together,” lamented the mayor of Paris from Jarnac, where she was collected in front of the tomb of former President François Mitterrand (1981-1995).
No primary without the Greens
“I heard the words of Yannick Jadot, and I said it, a primary only makes sense if it serves to have a common candidate, a single candidate and not to add candidates. Obviously if in this primary, the Greens around Yannick Jadot are not present, it is no longer called a primary, in any case it is not this primary that would make it possible to have this unique candidate. I repeat it as long as it is possible to organize it, it must be organized but I hear the refusal, and I regret it, that Yannick Jadot endorses, ”she added.
Alexis Corbière, spokesperson for Jean-Luc Mélenchon, also swept aside any idea of a primary: “We must stop chatting and acting (…). Come help us instead! “.
A crumbled left
Three months before the presidential election, the left outside the far left remains fragmented between five candidates -Anne Hidalgo, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Yannick Jadot, Fabien Roussel and Arnaud Montebourg-, to which must be added the former Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira, who “plans” to run in mid-January and also pleads for a primary, an idea rejected by Yannick Jadot and LFI candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
It is my responsibility to attempt the rally
The citizen collective La Primaire populaire is organizing a “popular investiture” from January 27 to 30, which will take place with or without the consent of the candidates, with the support of hundreds of thousands of registered (currently more than 300,000 ).
“Each time, my political family has been able to unite. It is my responsibility to attempt the rally, of course not just any old way, not on anything, “Anne Hidalgo pleaded again on Saturday, adding that” in a context in which our country is suffering the full brunt of this depoliticization extremely harmful for democracy, I proposed that this gathering could be done through a clear, transparent process in front of our fellow citizens: that of a primary by calling the various candidates, at least those who want to govern together, to meet and accept the verdict of an election before the election ”.