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“Do not shirk”, the moral argument launched by Jean-Luc Mélenchon to left-wing voters

Jean-Luc Mélenchon gives a speech at the end of the

The sun, the seasons, Jean-Luc Mélenchon sees good omens everywhere, three weeks before the first round of the presidential election. “Look Up! At 4:33 p.m. the spring equinox took place, the length of the day ended up catching up with that of the night, the sun has conquered and will surpass darkness tomorrow. On April 10, it’s up to you to do with your ballot, the spring of the people “he launches, in Paris, Sunday, February 20.

For the third edition of its great march for the VIand Republic, the candidate of the popular union, who aims to reach the level of the second round, succeeded in bringing “more than 100,000 people”, according to the organizers. A mobilization barely less than the previous ones – 130,000 people claimed in 2017, 120,000 in 2012. The Place de la République is busy, the statue in the center has been dressed in the colors of Ukraine, French flags are mixed to those of the Popular Union, the Left Party and La France insoumise (LFI).

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With fanfare, shaking hands, the candidate slowly traveled the two or so kilometers that separate the Place de la Bastille from that of the Republic. The opportunity for several family photos, with the first circle and beyond.

François Ruffin is there, walking by his side. This is not the first appearance of the deputy (LFI) of the Somme in this campaign; he hosted regional meetings. But this is the first time that he will share the stage with Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Also autonomous, but more integrated, the deputy (LFI) of Seine-Saint-Denis Clémentine Autain faces him, the “rebellious” candidate smiles in the middle.

“Everyone is personally responsible for the result”

In five years, the photos have changed, no more flags or communist representatives in the procession. The theme – abolish the regime of the Vand Republic and its practice seen as “monarchical” – remains, but the constitutionalist who had shaped this chapter and overseen the entire program, Charlotte Girard, left in 2019, critical of the functioning of the movement.

No matter, there is, Sunday, in this last line of campaign, no visible dissension. On stage, the deputy (LFI) of the North Adrien Quatennens prepares the ground: “With Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the second round, this election will also be worth a referendum for retirement, 60 years with Jean-Luc Mélenchon, 65 with Macron, French, French, choose! » The tone is set.

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His team claims to believe in this election. Compared to 2017, it has the advantage of presenting a ” entrance ticket “ in the second round very low, around 17%, below its score of 19% five years ago. She also has the disadvantage of only offering her meager reserves of votes on the left, the total has melted in the polls in five years, to go in particular to Emmanuel Macron.

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