Jean-Luc Mélenchon and the holograms which broadcast his meeting performance in Lille on Tuesday in 11 other cities called “the most incredible political bifurcation” in the case of his accession to the second round on Sunday. These 12 simultaneous meetings brought together more than 20,000 people according to France Insoumise, in cities chosen to crisscross the territory, from Pau to Besançon, from Nice to Le Havre via Narbonne.
The evening was thought to be the apogee of the campaign organization of La France insoumise, which crushed competition on the left and kept alive its hopes of a qualification in the second round, even if Marine Le Pen is well ahead of Jean-Luc Mélenchon in all the polls in second place.
Campaign director Manuel Bompard and organizer Bastien Lachaud breathed a sigh of relief at the end of the meeting: “Tonight was a technical bet with 1,000 people involved, everything worked out”. And a huge clamor from the Lille public accompanied the appearance, on the screen, of the 11 other rooms, where the hologram of the candidate just mounted on stage appeared.
“Not to end up with Marine Le Pen in the second round”
The clamor had been just as loud a few minutes earlier when the northern deputy Adrien Quatennens had launched in the preamble to the room: “I think of you all when the face of Jean-Luc Mélenchon will appear for the second round”.
Andréa Escoute, 20, with a degree in political science, is precisely one of those who ended up deciding to vote for the Insoumis, even though she is rather a social democrat at heart: “I’m happy that Jean-Luc Mélenchon is going up. In my license we were all upset with the state of the left, it’s better even if we are not all convinced by it. We discussed it and we are going to mobilize so as not to end up with Marine Le Pen in the second round. »
An executive from Anne Hidalgo’s campaign recognized it on Tuesday, “Mélenchon had been in combat for five years, he prepared himself, he has the job, the charisma, the oratorical force, and his party only started it for him, not for the intermediate elections”.
The tribune himself threw all his strength into his last rally, delivering one of the longest and most spirited speeches of his campaign, evoking “the great wheel of history and its gears”. He stays ” three days “ campaign, he exclaimed: “Right now we feel our destiny at our fingertips, we can carry the most incredible political bifurcation! »
Bifurcation to get away from “the neoliberal hallucination”for “Break economically with this crazy system that wants to turn everything into merchandise”and to reconnect with “the long time”. Jean-Luc Mélenchon warned that “it can be played at not much”. So to hope to overtake the far-right candidate, he pounded Marine Le Pen, addressing his voters “angry but not fachos”.
“How can you carry someone so far removed from your basic life concerns? »thundered the tribune, saying he wanted “put an end to this mystification”. For example during the parliamentary debate on the pension reform, between the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, “her name does not appear once in the reports on the pension reform, she did not get involved for a second, ever! »
Jean-Luc Mélenchon also delivered a summary of his program, focusing in particular on the “feminist revolution”, a sequence which occasioned many of the most enthusiastic cheers from the crowd. And while delivering a kind of assessment of his career, recalling that the rebellious succession was assured with his young and numerous lieutenants, he motivated his troops to convince the undecided: “We still have three days (…). Make them feel with delicacy but force that everyone is responsible, individually, personally, for what will happen..