Legislative: “A coalition is not a submission”, defends Olivier Faure

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Olivier Faure, here at Marseille City Hall, March 2, 2022.

LEGISLATIVE – “A coalition is not a submission”, explains the First Secretary of the Socialist Party Olivier Faure in Le Figarojustifying its desire to rally on the left with La France insoumise in view of the legislative elections.

While his party began discussions with LFI on Wednesday April 27 to find an agreement in the legislative elections, Olivier Faure recognizes that the PS and LFI are “obviously different. But we spent more time demonizing each other than really trying to understand each other, let alone hear each other”.

For him, “the lefts are not irreconcilable”, even if “disagreements will remain. A coalition is not a submission and everyone will retain their identity,” he says.

He believes that for the legislative elections, “you need a single candidate from the left in the hundred or so constituencies where the far right can win”.

“We must avoid clashing in constituencies where there are outgoing deputies who share the same desire for social and ecological justice, and then a distribution that takes into account the presidential election but also local settlements and intermediate elections”, he asks in Le Figaro.

Mélenchon become the central force of the left, “just open your eyes”

Like ex-Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, he considers that Jean-Luc Mélenchon, 3rd man in the presidential election with 22% of the votes, has become the central force of the left. “You just have to open your eyes. Lucidity is not a defect. Jean-Luc Mélenchon is now in a position to bring the left together. He has the responsibility and even the duty”, he says.

For this reason, he justifies his remarks on Tuesday evening, when he, during a national PS office, invited opponents of an agreement with LFI to “leave”. “If some consider today that their space is no longer the left but an elsewhere which is found among the Walkers, then they take their responsibility”, he affirms.

Asked about ex-president François Hollande, Olivier Faure is ironic about “all the former elephants” of the PS who “are out. Not always to help the left win”.

As for Anne Hidalgo, who called some of her relatives to denounce the desire to agree with Jean-Luc Mélenchon, he judges that she “led a campaign as she wished, with courage. I intend to lead the legislative campaign with determination”.

But he tackles the candidate: “If we are there, it is not unrelated to the result of the presidential election. But the time is not for states of mind, rather for states of service”.

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