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Last tribute to Alain Krivine, tutelary figure of the far left

NPA candidate Philippe Poutou on March 21, 2022 at the funeral of Alain Krivine.

Lisa is 20 years old, she has always been an anti-capitalist activist and she has come to pay her last respects to a myth she will never see in action: “At 80, he still wanted to overthrow this revolting society. He was still angry. » Lisa knows her story. That of the French far left and one of its most illustrious activists, Alain Krivine, who died on March 12, cremated in the Père-Lachaise cemetery, in Paris, Monday March 21. Alain Krivine was a political story unto himself. The founder of the Revolutionary Communist League (LCR), of Trotskyist obedience, was anti-fascist, anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, anti-Stalinist, and also a figure of May 68, then a candidate in the presidential elections of 1969 (1%) and 1974 (0.4%). He was the demiurge of an extreme left whose number of defectors irrigated forty years of political life on the left.

More than 2,000 people came to Père-Lachaise from Place de la Nation. There were songs, The International above all, and many shared memories. The memory of incessant fighting, from the rejection of war in Indochina to the “yellow vests”, countless feverish meetings at the Mutualité, romantic pseudonyms for clandestine struggles. And a posthumous sentence by Alain Krivine brandished like a red flag: “The best way to celebrate a deceased is to perpetuate his fights. »

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At the head of the procession, there was Philippe Poutou, the candidate of the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) in the presidential election. In the procession, there was Edwy Plenel, the founder of Mediapart and former journalist at Redthe LCR newspaper: “Alain was democratic radicalism, essential fidelity and fundamental integrity. » There was Serge, an LCR activist, who agreed: “Unlike others, like Daniel Cohn-Bendit, he never sold himself to capitalism and the media. He never compromised. »

There was Gérard Filoche, ex-LCR and ex-Socialist Party (PS), who told a thousand anecdotes. From political meetings at Michel Piccoli and Juliette Gréco to the desperate attempts of Alain Krivine to be arrested by the police after a militant action. There was Marguerite, 72 years old: ” Yes ! Krivine is still relevant! Have you seen what a mess we’re in? And besides, they stick a war on us. » There was Jean-Luc Bennahmias, former ecologist MEP: “I’m here because he was a great guy. I could be present for Arlette Laguiller [ancienne candidate à la présidentielle sous l’étiquette Lutte ouvrière], but I don’t want her to die! »

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