in Montreuil, a united meeting of the left parasitized by the divisions of La France insoumise

Representatives of the New Popular Front, on stage during a rally, in Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis), June 17, 2024. JULIEN MUGUET FOR “THE WORLD”

Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis), its Place Jean-Jaurès, its arthouse cinema Meliès, its more than 70% for the left-wing lists in the European elections. “I would like Montreuils all over France”launched Fatiha Kelouha Hachi, former socialist deputy of the 8e neighboring district of the department, Monday June 17 in the evening. From 7 p.m., the city hosted a meeting intended to be a united demonstration of the left-wing forces bringing together civil society, unions, associations, intellectuals, and the member parties of the New Popular Front, campaigning for the legislative elections of June 30 and July 7.

In Montreuil, the vote looks more like a “primary of the left” than a head-on fight against the National Rally, as noted by former La France insoumise (LFI) deputy for the Somme François Ruffin, who came to encourage the beginnings of this alliance that he helped to found. In Montreuil too, the LFI management settled its accounts, by excluding from the investitures, on Friday at the last minute, the outgoing “rebellious” deputy Alexis Corbière – as well as four other elected officials of the party –, guilty of having expressed their differences with the ‘device.

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It is in this mixture of atmospheres, between unified ambition and latent tensions, that the initiative launched by the economist Julia Cagé took place, with the support of the communist mayor of the city, Patrice Bessac. On stage, the latter expressed his hope of transforming this arrangement of devices: “From the agreement of the political groups represented, can the Popular Front in a few days become the movement of a new people, united in a single fight? » The question remains. And Place Jean-Jaurès was not quite full… Even if the organizers claimed several thousand people.

François Ruffin during the New Popular Front rally, in Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis), June 17, 2024.

François Ruffin during the New Popular Front rally, in Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis), June 17, 2024.

François Ruffin during the New Popular Front rally, in Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis), June 17, 2024. JULIEN MUGUET FOR “THE WORLD”

“We cannot afford the luxury of unnecessary quarrels”

The day after a weekend marked by the first flaws in the agreement between “rebels”, socialists, ecologists and communists, given the anger aroused by the LFI decision to oust five deputies (Alexis Corbière, Hendrik Davi ( Bouches-du-Rhône), Raquel Garrido (Seine-Saint-Denis), Frédéric Mathieu (Ille-et-Vilaine) and Danielle Simonnet (Paris)), the training of Jean-Luc Mélenchon was at the heart of all the warnings . “We cannot afford the luxury of unnecessary quarrelslaunched the number one of the CGT, Sophie Binet. The time is no longer for political calculations, sectarian behavior or the war for positions. Live up to the moment and our mobilization. » The general secretary of the union continued by inviting the entire left to stop “to despise the union world”and to “feed on your thoughts”. Like her Solidaires colleague Murielle Guilbert, she also warned that ” Never “ his union would not let go of its independence from the parties. Even if the left reached Matignon.

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