The socialist candidate has a vote intention of 5 percent in a scenario dominated by the right
, Dec 9 () –
The French left has ignored the proposal of the candidate of the Socialist Party for the Presidency, Anne Hidalgo, to make a common front for the April 2022 elections to try to have options before the candidates of the right, ‘a priori’ the best positioned to try to kick Emmanuel Macron out of the Elysee.
Hidalgo considers that “the time has come to unite,” which in practical terms would involve holding a primaries and that only one candidate from the different left-wing currents stood in the presidential elections. He believes that a “fractured” left hurts citizens and weighs down their electoral options.
“We cannot waste time, it is urgent,” he told the TF1 chain, in an interview in which he alluded to messages that theoretically all left-wing candidates would share, such as improving public services or the fight against climate change .
The ecologist Yannick Jadot has already made it clear on the Europe 1 station that he will not participate in this initiative, which he attributes to Hidalgo’s bad data in the polls and the intention of the mayor of Paris to recover the initiative with a “surprising idea.”
The socialist candidate appears with an intention to vote of 5 percent, according to a poll published on Wednesday by Franceinfo that places Jadot (7 percent) and the candidate of La Francia Insoumise (LFI), Jean Luc Mélenchon, ahead of 8 percent.
LFI deputy Eric Coquerel has assured that Hidalgo “cannot propose the defeat machine that he inaugurated in 2016”, when the Socialist Party went from being in power to receiving less than 7 percent of the votes in the presidential elections in 2017. that Macron finally won, leading a new party.
The Communist Party candidate, Fabien Roussel, also stressed on BFMTV that he has “many differences” with Hidalgo. For Roussel, the solution to the current fragmentation is not to proclaim an ordinary person, but to debate “about what” the various movements can unite.
MONTEBOURG PICK UP THE GLOVE
The former Minister of Economy Arnaud Montebourg, who appears in the poll with a voting intention of 2.5 percent, has taken up the gauntlet laid by the mayor of the French capital, with whom he shares a common past in the Socialist Party.
He believes that the left lives “in formaldehyde” and that, given the “confused uproar” derived from the extreme right, it is time to join forces, despite the fact that he himself has acknowledged in Franceinfo that the proposal may have “advantages and disadvantages”.
Former French President François Hollande, the last socialist ruler of France, has also spoken in the same chain to warn that a single candidacy would only make sense if there is “a common program” between all parties. It would be necessary for all the candidates to bet on “the same proposals, the same conceptions”, something that, to this day, “is not the case”, in their opinion.
Polls anticipate that, except for a radical shift in public opinion in the coming months, no leftist candidate will go to the second round and not even Hidalgo has managed to revitalize the electoral prospects of the Socialist Party after its official proclamation.
Macron would be assured of being in the final round, since he is around 25 percent in the poll, and in second position are tied with 16 percent the leader of the National Group, Marine Le Pen, and the new candidate of the Republicans, Valérie Pécresse, who has been infected by the recent congress of his party.
In fourth position is the far-right Eric Zemmour, who has blown up the pre-campaign with his populist messages and who appears with a vote of 14 percent. Some polls came to place him as a direct rival of Le Pen for the second round, before in any case the emergence of Pécresse.