Friday, February 26, 2016

Primary left: Martine Aubry to finally even with Francois Hollande –


Martine Aubry at a press conference in Lille on 8 September 2014 (archives).

with Eleanor Douet

Certainly, Martine Aubry created surprise these days. After an acid tribune against the Executive Policy, published in Le Monde and co-signed by socialist personalities and environmentalists, the mayor of Lille now says supports a primary left open to all, including François Hollande . Thursday, February 25, Martine Aubry was the surprise by attending a public meeting in Lille, organized by the group “Our Primary”

At the podium, she told to have had, at first, a “a little institutional response”, wondering “how to ask a president – if he is a candidate – to go to a primary” . A position it seems to have returned, “If now it seems to be the way that François Hollande is a candidate and he is ready to come to this primary, it’s great.” A turnaround surprising since, as late as February 24 evening, she explained that the head of state did not “need to go in a primary,” he was a candidate to succeed him in 2017.

A call for “leftist comrades”

Martine Aubry called on all candidates from left to attend this exercise. “At that point, you have convince all the comrades left to go to this Primary . And that citizens decide”. A wish which should not grant Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The co-founder of the Left Party, which declared presidential candidate 10 February, assured refuse to participate in a primary left. Besides, it gave a lecture to face Lille students, a few meters from the public meeting on the primary.

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