He puts pressure on the "dividers". According to Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the end of the left alliance is "possible" if its four members (LFI, PS, EELV and PCF) each present the lists to the European elections, which will take place from 6 to 9 June 2024. This choice, favored by some left-wing leaders, would then run the risk of an end to the Nuts alliance, concluded in May 2022, he said in an interview with 20 Minutes.
"The Nupes is in jeopardy if it is no longer even an electoral agreement. If there is no union in the European elections, there will be no union in the municipal elections either. Why would there be one in the presidential election? " warns the leader of the France Insoumise. "Small party interests have limits," he warns, before recalling that LFI had proposed to the ecologists the head of the list in the European elections.
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The leadership of the Greens, a party in which these elections have traditionally been successful, intends to put forward an ecologist list. The Socialists are calling for a debate in the autumn. "I will defend the Nupes as much as necessary," assured Wednesday Marine Tondelier, boss of the Greens. But the European elections "are a proportional vote in one round, one of the only elections where you can vote as you want".
"Dividers will be punished at the ballot box"
"Yes, we are different on Europe," acknowledged Jean-Luc Mélenchon, himself a former MEP. But he called for it to be based on the "shared program" signed as part of the legislative elections. "Who can want to miss the opportunity to come out on top and send an exciting signal to the whole of Europe? Divisors will be punished at the ballot box," he warned.
Behind his argument, the polls that in recent weeks place a possible single list Nupes neck and neck, or even ahead of the National Rally or Renaissance in the European elections.
But on the left, opponents of a single list do not fail to point out that the same polls predict that four separate left-wing lists would ultimately send more MEPs than a single list, even if none could run for pole position.
A fourth presidential candidacy?
"I agree to a joint candidacy in 2027," repeated Marine Tondelier this week. As for whether he "totally" ruled out running for the next presidential election, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a three-time candidate who finished third in 2022, replied: "No one can say that. In all circumstances, I will play a role."
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Jean-Luc Mélenchon also denounced the emergence, in France, of a "bourgeois bloc that unifies from the extreme right to all the traditional right, up to the center", as elsewhere in Europe: "Mr. Macron is today closer to Mr. Orban in Hungary than to Sanchez in Spain," he castigated, recalling the joint votes of Renaissance and the RN "on all social and progressive measures". such as the refusal of the wealth tax, the increase of the SMIC or the freezing of rents.