“Pécresse? We are going to pay him blows! ” – Release
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Left-wing activists, depressed by gloomy voting intentions for the presidential election, meet at the Huma party, for the last time at La Courneuve. Three days of music and debates to prepare, according to the slogan of the Communist Party, “happy days”.
Everyone wants their picture. You have to wait to immortalize your group of friends, in front of the three-dimensional sign, red and black, “Festival of Humanity”. Eight months before the presidential election and despite gloomy voting intentions for the various left-wing candidates, this large gathering is still trendy. Three days of concerts and debates, in the park of La Courneuve (Seine-Saint-Denis), which the trio of friends who can finally be photographed would have missed for nothing. Two are communists, the other rebellious. They have been coming for ten, twenty years. But no longer expect anything from their representatives. “We are not going to the presidential election to win, but to show that the true left still exists”, recognizes Liberto, a 26-year-old wealth management advisor, barefoot and nose piercing.
Credited with 2% in voting intentions, its Communist candidate, Fabien Roussel, is lagging behind. The last time that the PCF went to the presidential election under its own colors was in 2007 with Marie-George Buffet. The former Minister of Youth and Sports had collected a humiliating 1.93%. In 2012 and 2017, the Communists had, for the first time since 1974, agreed to support a candidate from the socialist family, Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Since he fell out with the PCF, the rebellious leader no longer comes to the Huma party. This year, he’s in Ostend, for the Manifiesta, the Belgian Festival of Humanity… When you ask Mehdi what he thinks of Mélenchon, the dark-haired man grabs his connected watch, looking panicked. “Look, my heart rate has seriously increased with this question!” In the 2017 legislative elections, the two parties, unable to agree on an agreement, opposed their candidates in almost all of the constituencies. “He tried to kill us behind the back”, castigates this 35-year-old territorial agent.
A guest, to say the least unexpected, will make a visit: Valérie Pécresse, the ex-LR candidate, launched in the race for the Elysée. The president of the Ile-de-France region – who also sponsors the Festival… – will debate with Fabien Roussel, this Saturday, on the social question. “Pécresse? We’re going to pay him drinks, it’s tradition! “ promises Vivien, 34, manager of an escape game in the Paris region, attracting the wrath of his comrades. “Actually, I don’t care. She is soliciting. I’m afraid it’s only on the appearance “look, I’m talking about social” but nothing on the bottom “, he castigates.
Seated in front of a row of books, with his “Comrades in the struggle” of the CGT, Pascal Akoun does not agree. “I find that although there are debates, that’s the purpose of the party. Pécresse is courageous to come! ” At 57, the union member likes to discuss. The festival of Huma is paradise for him. “We are radical people, we find ourselves in an ephemeral community. But beware, it’s a cultural celebration, not the Paris fair! ”, warns the one who comes from the Paris region.
“We are the ones who will bring new ideas”
Guillaume Thomasflores is nostalgic. The Book worker remembers his first time at the Huma feast. He was 6 years old and the PCF was doing 20%. For the presidential election, he will not vote. But the five-year-old swears it, his heart has remained on the left. He just wants “A real change.” Sixth Republic, ecological and social emergency, he speaks of the Festival as a breeding ground for debate. “It’s a marker for this country. On the left, we lose from year to year but we resist. In the end, it is we who will bring new ideas ”, he said.And to talk about the social emergency, yellow vests, retirees, precarious young people …
Bernadette Schweitzer, she has no illusions. “Thousands of people come to the Huma festival, it’s true. For 30 euros, we have an interesting scene but that is not found in the elections ”, regrets this activist who runs the communist stand in Val-d’Oise. The music is just beginning to be heard, the grills perfume the air. Sunglasses, floral yellow pants, she regrets the time when people organized themselves, when they were less individualistic.
“The people I tow with no longer want to vote”, abounds her retired friend, Martine Fajon. The exploded left does not help. For her, the parties are not up to the demands. Social discontent will not wait until 2027, where it dreams of the return of the left. The Val-d’Oise activist makes an appointment on October 5, in the strike in defense of wages, jobs, working conditions and studies, led by the intersyndicale CGT-FO-Solidaires-FSU. “We will be mobilized on October 5, like today at the Huma festival. It’s the only weapon we have left. ”
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