There are no more Nupes, it's a fact, but it's not my fault," the leader of the Insoumise, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, said angrily at the microphone of franceinter on Saturday morning, December 2. The day before, he had already said at a public meeting in Rochefort: "There are no more Nupes, so we pretend that there is still one (...) What has been built is already destroyed.»
But far from trying to understand the reasons for the disintegration of the alliance born barely a year ago, the rebellious party feigned ignorance and denounced his former allies in turn: "It was the Communist Party that voted, do you hear the people?" he first said, referring to the PCF's vote on October 15. On that day, the Communists voted by 93% for a resolution calling for a rethink of the "coming together of the left and ecologists".
Without slamming the door on the left-wing alliance, the Communists explained that "Nupes, as it was constituted for the legislative elections, under the hegemonic will of LFI" had "become a dead end". But the nuance does not seem to have appeased the ire of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who has slammed the Communist Party, again at the microphone of franceinter, by accusing it of having maintained its candidacy in the presidential election and thus of having caused the defeat of the left in the first round.
The Insoumise then took aim at "the Socialists" for their vote for a moratorium for which they would have given "neither the reason nor the deadlines". "They removed the word Nupes from the name of their group," he fumed. However, the Socialist Party had explained itself in a statement, pointing in particular at the "permanent conflictualization" of La France insoumise.
As for the Greens," Jean-Luc Mélenchon finally argued, "they have decided that they will stop all joint work." According to L'Insoumis, therefore, no explanation was given during these successive decisions. "Hear me out, I still don't know why not," he said. Still, the situation within the alliance has gradually deteriorated since the start of the war between Hamas and Israel. At issue: the controversial remarks and analyses of the Insoumises on the conflict between the terrorist group and the Jewish state.
LFI has been criticised for its refusal to label Hamas a "terrorist" group in the aftermath of the bloody attack on 7 October in which the Palestinian group's fighters engaged in extremely violent practices by slitting the throats and disemboweling civilians. The internal situation also escalated when Jean-Luc Mélenchon slammed Yaël Braun-Pivet's visit to Israel. On X, he accused the Macronist president of the National Assembly of "camping in Tel Aviv to encourage the massacre."
Despite these past criticisms, incomprehension prevails and the Insoumise even decided, on December 1st, to bury the alliance. "This cannot be the future of the left, there is a shared programme, it must continue to live. How? (...) "We are going to make a popular union with those who want to. Those who don't want to do what they want, the French will decide."