Anne Hidalgo and Yannick Jadot wave the Jean-Luc Mélenchon scarecrow for the 2022 presidential election

The presidential candidate (PS), Anne Hidalgo, auditioned by the Association of Mayors of France in Montrouge, March 15, 2022.

Anne Hidalgo is in such difficulty three weeks before the first round of the presidential election that she now seems to be concentrating on another essential: Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The leader of La France insoumise (LFI) embodies, inexorably, the “useful” vote to hope to find a left-wing candidate in the second round. But when the mayor of Paris speaks about the leader of the “rebellious”, it is difficult to imagine more virulent words. As on Franceinfo, Monday March 14, to discuss the war in Ukraine : “It’s a fight that is very clear. It is on one side a dictatorship and on the other side democracies. There is no third way. There is no misalignment,” with reference to the positions taken by Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The problem, for the candidate of the Socialist Party (PS), is that on Sunday March 20, the “rebellious” mobilized thousands of people in the streets of Paris.

The battering of Anne Hidalgo therefore seems rather to represent a diversion to settle a campaign which continues to accumulate disappointments. The latest: Sunday March 20, Bertrand Delanoë, his predecessor at the Paris City Hall, declares, in the Sunday newspaper, wanting, as in 2017, to vote for Emmanuel Macron. In the meantime, the socialist candidate perseveres: “I say that Jean-Luc Mélenchon is complacent with dictators, yes, and I’m not the only one to say that. »

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Indeed, the candidate Yannick Jadot qualifies the non-alignment of the “rebellious” of “surrender”. He is less offensive than Mme Hidalgo, no doubt because he is – a little – ahead of her in the polls. He even continues to be satisfied with an application “solid”, in the words of Mounir Satouri. Mr. Jadot’s campaign manager believes that in “this countryside frozen by the Covid and the crisis in Ukraine, Yannick is imperturbable. In front of the climate emergency, I’m not sure that the French will fall into the trap of revolving credit with tacit renewal granted to Emmanuel Macron”. Yannick Jadot is preparing his big meeting at the Zenith in Paris, Sunday March 27. Despite everything, so far, his campaign sounds like another missed opportunity.

“We are not going to let ourselves be bought”

On March 15, the daily Release revealed a letter addressed to the national secretary of Europe Ecology-The Greens (EELV), Julien Bayou, by La France insoumise. Who proposes an electoral agreement in fifteen constituencies, “if the deliberate strategy of your candidate targeting Jean-Luc Mélenchon ceases”, “if a desire to rally around Jean-Luc Mélenchon is publicly expressed in the event of a qualification in the second round”.

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