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European elections: Mélenchon puts pressure on Nupes


On this Tuesday, June 6, Place des Invalides, in Paris, the atmosphere seems good-natured between the partners of the New Popular Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) who came to participate in the fourteenth day of demonstration against the pension reform. After five and a half months of struggle, the main tenors of the left still show a united face. “There is something rotten in Macronie which decides that the street and social democracy do not count”asserts the president of the deputies of La France insoumise (LFI) in the National Assembly, Mathilde Panot.

At his side, his communist counterpart, André Chassaigne, calls not to “lower arms” and to “fight against a regressive, unpopular law in this country”. Marine Tondelier, the national secretary of Europe Ecologie-Les Verts, is worried about a democracy ” in danger “, while the presidential majority tries to torpedo the bill to repeal the decline in retirement to 64 years old tabled by the opposition group Libertés, Indépendants, Overseas and Territories, which arrives in public session Thursday, June 8. Only the first secretary of the Socialist Party (PS), Olivier Faure, ventures to mention ” the differences ” between the four parties of the left. “We can argue”, he admits, on the sidelines of the procession. Before evacuating: “But the political left is there. »

Behind these appearances of unity, the pot of Nupes is boiling over. Monday, June 5, its main architect, the triple presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon put enormous pressure on his partners. “If there is no union in the Europeans, there will not be any in the municipal elections either. Why would there be one in the presidential election? »he threatened Sunday, June 4, in a daily interview 20 minutes. Until then, only his close guard left the hypothesis of a break-up of the Nupes in the event of autonomous lists in the European elections of 2024. “Neither blackmail nor injunction, but respect and fraternity”replied Olivier Faure In The ParisianTuesday, June 6.

Do not “over-dramatize the issue”

For several months, Jean-Luc Mélenchon has known how difficult it will be to bring the left together around a single European list, as the views of the “rebellious”, socialists, ecologists and communists can diverge on Europe or the international. In December, Marine Tondelier was the first to close the door to this option. The Communists never considered joining forces and, at the PS, the situation is complex. Olivier Faure is torn between the pros and the anti-Nupes of his party. “If we realize that with the ecologists, the communists, the “rebellious” and the socialists, we say exactly the same thing, we will have to make a common list”explains the first secretary.

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