at La France insoumise, Manon Aubry seeks to exist, in the shadow of Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Rima Hassan


Manon Aubry, surrounded by Rima Hassan, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Mathilde Panot, during the Popular Union convention launching the LFI campaign for the European elections, in Villepinte (Seine-Saint-Denis), March 16, 2024. BERTRAND GUAY / AFP

Manon Aubry is on friendly ground, this Monday, April 29, in Paris, in a room at MK2 Beaubourg, where the documentary is being screened The compromise, broadcast on Arte. Director Fanny Tondre followed her and two left-wing MEPs between mid-2022 and the end of 2023, in their legislative battle to anchor a “duty of vigilance” multinationals.

The room is full of journalists around the woman who is the head of the list of La France insoumise (LFI) in the European elections on June 9. And, for once, she is the star of the evening, and not Rima Hassan, the cumbersome number seven on her list, who seems to have eclipsed her since the start of the campaign.

On the screen, we see Manon Aubry, in her capacity as co-president of the left group in the European Parliament, fighting to make multinationals responsible, she who documented for two years, during her beginnings in humanitarian work, between 2012 and 2014, human rights violations committed by large mining groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On April 24, the directive in question was adopted in the European Parliament, in an admittedly lighter version. While taking responsibility for building majorities, the 34-year-old young woman regularly calls on her Brussels colleagues to distinguish between compromise and “compromise”. But, in Paris, it is with the national controversies and the internal struggles of LFI, the movement which brought her into politics in 2018, that she must deal.

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At the time of leading a new campaign, party life caught up with her. Since that day in August 2023 when she discovered the stunt set up by Ségolène Royal and Jean-Luc Mélenchon to relaunch the idea of ​​a list of union of the left with the Europeans, until the days which preceded the announcement official list, in mid-March. Today, she assures that the arrival of the Franco-Palestinian lawyer Rima Hassan was a choice “collective” in which she would have participated. Even if the latter does not mention it in the discussions she had with LFI, first during a coffee with the coordinator of the movement, Manuel Bompard, then during lunch with Jean-Luc Mélenchon, surrounded by the president of the group in the National Assembly, Mathilde Panot, and of the deputy Paul Vannier (Val-d’Oise).

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Since March, Manon Aubry’s fights against free trade treaties or the high cost of living have taken a back seat, masked by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which the “rebellious” leader chose to bring to the forefront, during meetings or in the faculties that he walks alongside his new muse. Sitting in a café on the quays of the Seine, in Paris, the young woman prefers to put on a good face, welcoming the multiplicity of profiles on the LFI list, which make it possible to play a “symphony”. And she touts a campaign “balanced” around “the social question”of “unfair competition” and of ” the peace “.

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