Jean-Luc Mélenchon and La France Insoumise refuse to be associated with the Primary Popular. The party requested that the candidate’s name be removed from the ballot.
This Tuesday, January 18, La France Insoumise denounced an “insincere” approach which “instrumentalizes the aspirations to rally” of the left
As a reminder, the popular primary is a ballot which aims to appoint a “candidate of union of the left” for the presidential election.
“Jean-Luc Mélenchon has never given his agreement to appear in this election: we therefore ask that his name be removed from all physical and digital media” of this primary, communicated Manuel Bompard, campaign director for Jean-Luc. Melenchon.
LFI completely disapproves of the popular primary
Last Sunday, during a meeting, Jean-Luc Mélenchon had already expressed the rejection of a potential candidacy for union: “How do I do to make the union without creating confusion? It’s not unity that we need, it’s clarity and popular unity.”
Moreover, Manuel Bompard denounced “the deliberately brutal character” of the Popular Primary. For him, this election would not respect the candidates involved in the presidential race. “Thus, the candidates will be put to the vote without their agreement. Others will not be there, without their opinion either.
The campaign manager also added that “this vote is therefore akin to a sort of poll, without any of the basic rules making it possible to guarantee its sincerity being respected”.
As a result, wondering “about the real political intentions of this organization”, La France Insoumise and Jean-Luc Mélenchon decided to “put themselves clearly at a distance” from this election.
The far-left candidate is not the only one to refuse to participate in the Popular Primary. Indeed, the ecologist Yannick Jadot and the socialist Anne Hidalgo also refused to participate in the popular vote.