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The day when… In 1995, Lionel Jospin found the “people of the left” in Marseille

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In this live daily devoted to the news of the electoral campaign, we also evoke the past every day by returning to the highlights of the last presidential elections through an article from the World. Today, let’s go back twenty-seven years… to March 25, 1995.

Marseille, a city with strong symbolic value for the French left. On March 25, 1995, the journalist Gérard Courtois tells us how the socialist candidate, Lionel Jospin, who until then was looking for “tone and breath” of his campaign, finally had “the click” thanks to his passage in the Marseille city, two days earlier.

It all starts with a moment of campaign. On the Old Port, as a demonstration comes to an end, “territorial civil servants and health personnel” are in the process of folding up their FO and CGT banners when they see Mr. Jospin “in the front row of the bus that brings him[e] ». He then takes “a first walkabout” when some call the “citizen candidate” at “think of the workers” while he tells them how much he has ” need’[eux] “.

On a visit to the northern districts and then to the Toursky Theater, “in front of all that Marseille has left-wing, anti-racist or feminist associations”, the socialist candidate reconnects with all the components of the fertile soil of the “left people”. In the evening, in Vitrolles (Bouches-du-Rhône), he promises “with heart and guts” to fight against social inequalities and to defend the most modest, if he is elected to the supreme magistracy.

” I am [le candidat] who refuses racism, Mr. Jospin also repeats as he travels through the cosmopolitan city. Attacking the National Front, party of far-right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen, he launches: “The extreme right is cowardly violence, violence against the weakest. »

This Sunday, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who will hold a big campaign meeting in Marseille at the Prado beach, will also try to invoke “the people of the left” for the first round of the presidential election.

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