Jean-Luc Mélenchon will not play the kingmaker. "I will not point to the next one, if there is to be one. It's up to the new generation to do it," he retorted in an interview with 20 Minutes, published Sunday night. Nevertheless, the list of potential successors "grows", he acknowledged. "I am certain that my withdrawal from the Assembly promotes this emergence." However, there is no question of burying the three-time presidential candidate. "In all circumstances, I will play a role" in 2027, he recalled, without firmly ruling out a fourth candidacy.
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Among the pretenders to the throne, however, some stand out on the left. The elected representative of the Somme, François Ruffin, is a "rising figure in our family", praised the rebellious leader. He also does not rule out responding to the "call for donations" launched by the Picard to strengthen its teams. Even if the latter is "sometimes a little distant from the program yet signed together", he nuanced. In this rebellious pool "rich in high-level personalities", Jean-Luc Mélenchon unsurprisingly cites the names of the coordinator of LFI, Manuel Bompard, the president of the group in the National Assembly, Mathilde Panot, and the deputy of Val-de-Marne and media figure, Clémence Guetté.
But above all, a certain Adrien Quatennens. "One day or another", the deputy of the North "will return to the race", assured Jean-Luc Mélenchon. This is not the first time that the rebellious leader has publicly supported his fallen dauphin. Long designated as the natural successor to Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Adrien Quatennens was "temporarily removed" from the group for four months last December, after his four-month suspended sentence for domestic violence. From the beginning of the case, his mentor had praised "his dignity and courage". Last February, Jean-Luc Mélenchon had notably estimated that the Northerner had been "punished enough". Adrien Quatennens has since returned to the benches insubordinate, after a secret vote within the group.