As in 2017, Jean-Luc Mélenchon will consult his supporters in the event of a Macron-Le Pen second round

For months, even years, Jean-Luc Mélenchon has been trying to distance the possibility of a second round opposing, again, Emmanuel Macron to Marine Le Pen. Ten days before the presidential election, he was nevertheless brought to address this possibility. “If it’s Macron-Le Pen, who will you call to vote for? »asked the newspaper The Telegram, in an interview published Wednesday, March 30. His answer : “310,000 people sponsor my candidacy. So, on the evening of the first round, we will ask them what we are doing for the second round. But it will be easier, because I have a good chance of being there. » As in 2017, the candidate therefore plans to consult his base if he fails at the gates of the second round. With three options offered in the event of qualification of the two favorites: do not vote, vote blank, vote Emmanuel Macron.

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“Our position is clear: same as 2017”, summarizes the deputy La France insoumise (LFI) of Seine-Saint-Denis Alexis Corbière. Five years ago, on April 23, 2017, two hours after the first results, Jean-Luc Mélenchon appeared at the desk in front of his supporters, looking serious. Still awaiting the latest feedback from the Interior Ministry to comment on the result, he said: “Each, each one of you, knows in conscience what your duty is. So I stick with it. I have not received any mandate from the 450,000 people who supported my candidacy to speak in their place on the outcome. They will therefore be called upon to express their views on the platform and the result of their expression will be made public. » A week later, attacked for his lack of instructions, he felt that voting for the far right would be a “awful mistake”. The consultation of his supporters, she had placed the white vote in the lead.

Convincing dynamics

Ten days before the first round, it’s a strange choice for someone who refuses a role of “King of the Beavers” (those voters who make ” barrage “ on the far right) to evoke, even lip service, a defeat. Until now, and still in a meeting in Marseille, on Sunday, the candidate preferred to say: “If you really intend to block the second round, I have a more interesting proposal for you, block the first round by voting for us! »

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Thursday morning, his team insisted that victory was still possible, at a time when the dynamics of Marine Le Pen in the opinion polls give cold sweats even in the presidential majority. For the “rebellious”, the macronists can only blame themselves if Marine Le Pen is on the rise. And the first round is not already ” play “insisted the deputy and coordinator of LFI, Adrien Quatennens, on Franceinfo. “Far-right voting is not an option for us”he added, while considering that the calls to block could have “a counter-productive effect”.

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