The idea is gradually making its nest. With the notable exception of the communist Fabien Roussel, who does not rule out going alone, a large part of the leaders of the Nupes are pushing for a common candidacy in 2027. It remains to be decided from which camp it will emerge. Invited this Sunday of the "Grand Jury RTL-LCI-Le Figaro", Clementine Autain would judge "logical" that the candidate comes "from the ranks of La France insoumise". For the deputy of Seine-Saint-Denis, "the balance of power resulting from the last presidential election" pleads in any case in this direction, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and his movement having imposed themselves as the first force on the left.
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"This is something that must be discussed collectively," she immediately nuanced, anxious not to offend the socialist and communist "partners". The rallying behind an Insoumise has yet to find a consensus within the Nupes. Because by finishing twice at the gates of the second round, LFI seemed to hit "a glass ceiling". "What glass ceiling? The glass ceiling of the socialists who made 2%?, first evaded the former communist party. The problem, for now, is to reach the second round." The one to whom presidential ambitions are attributed has also made the gathering her "obsession", sweeping away the hypothesis of a "primary" within the Napes. "It creates identification, but not commonality. It's a race to compete," she said.
'Mélenchon will still be in the battle'
To carry out this common adventure, it will therefore be necessary to find the heir of Jean-Luc Mélenchon on the left, who seemed to "say and repeat that he was not a candidate for his own succession," said Clementine Autain. Within the formation, however, it is not yet time to turn the page on the rebellious leader. "Mélenchon has allowed the left not to disappear. He will still be part of this battle and will put his stone in the building, "assured the one who accompanied him during three presidential campaigns. Yet some on the left do not fail to whet their appetites. Among the potential contenders, François Ruffin launched at the end of May a "call for donations" to strengthen his teams. "By saying that he needs a team and money, he is effectively making a public admission," conceded Clementine Autain. "The rebellious France has not yet decided to support him. He organizes himself, it's his choice," she added.