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LEGISLATIVE – He hands over. During an outdoor “popular union aperitif” in Marseille this Thursday, May 12, Jean-Luc Mélenchon nominated his campaign manager Manuel Bompard as candidate in his place, in the 4th constituency of Bouches-du-Rhône. .
The one who finally decided not to stand again in the legislative elections therefore bequeaths to Manuel Bompard this constituency in the popular center of Marseille, which he had won hands down in 2017 (59.85%) and where he exceeded 54 % of the votes in the first round of the presidential election on April 10.
″’So sir, why won’t you be a legislative candidate?’, I am asked. Because it is Bompard who will be, he is one of the most eminent figures of the new generation, I entrust him to you, he and his deputy must be elected, ”said the leader of France Insoumise this Thursday evening.
A logical choice for Jean-Luc Mélenchon, after having hinted several times that he “prepared rather for the idea of being Prime Minister than for the idea of being a new deputy”.
Spokesperson, negotiator and MEP
To try to replace him in the National Assembly, he therefore trusted Manuel Bompard, 36, this LFI MEP from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Born in Firminy (Loire), he grew up in Drôme and now has his home base in Toulouse.
Having become the campaign manager of the rebellious leader during the 2017 and 2022 presidential elections, he was in recent days one of the main negotiators for LFI in order to seal the New Popular Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) with the PS, the PCF and EELV.
MEP since 2019, he had previously been a candidate for the 2017 legislative elections in Haute-Garonne, where he was finally beaten by an LREM candidate in the second round.
In 2017, Jean-Luc Mélenchon won this constituency of Marseille in the second round against LREM Corinne Versini. This year, the candidate Nupes will notably face him Najat Akodad (Renaissance, the new LREM) and Solange Biaggi (LR) to hope to keep the seat of the leader France Insoumise in the National Assembly.
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