Sunday, August 28, 2016

Jean-Luc Mélenchon: “Better to be alone than in bad company” – Liberation

Back in height. Jean-Luc Mélenchon give appointment to the Observatory park in Toulouse, on the hill of Jolimont. The program of the day: picnic and candidate’s speech. Activists arrive in numbers. Generational mix. They eat breakfast under a capricious sky. Some land on the lawn, others moved to table: the atmosphere is cool. The faithful of Jean-Luc Mélenchon lurking around the little corner reserved for the press. Eric Coquerel, the coordinator of the Left Party, is fit after a long holiday in the sun. “The momentum is good” , he considers. It evokes the Communists who currently hold their summer school in Angers and hope “they come back to their senses” . Include: support the candidacy of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Danielle Simonnet, coordinator of the Left Party, she talks about the “need to reinvent the way of doing politics” and returns to the summer hit: “We take our thought. The burkini is not a neutral habit: he notes the inferiority of women. But legislation on this issue is not a republican act. “ Then she asks. “It was that last summer Valls when the king of Saudi Arabia has privatized a beach in the south of France?”

The former socialist Liêm Hoang Ngoc , too, around. Danielle Simonnet pulls his sleeve before our eyes. “You know Liêm Hoang Ngoc?” she said to introduce the discussion. The creator of the New Socialist Left party did not dodge. It launches on the presidential election. He replies: “The PS broke with the Socialist software. We must gain credibility within the whole left to go before them. “ The time of discourse and approach the faithful dispatchent near the rostrum. Jean-Luc Mélenchon shows up to 14 hours. white shirt, tie clip microphone: he walks onto the stage and addresses the “rebellious” (the name of its activists) that surround it. According to organizers, they are almost 2 500. The candidate starts with an old refrain: he taps on the press and a poll published Sunday morning in Le Parisien . According Odoxa, 59% of French have a poor opinion of him. And 55% of supporters left cheek found that “personal”. Mélenchon replied. “. It is better to be alone than in bad company” Applause

“The debate on the burkini is a nameless farce”

policy reasserts itself. Throughout his speech, the candidate has stepped projections towards the government ( “the hypocrites” ), sometimes with a touch of humor. The audience appreciated. Jean-Luc Mélenchon returned to his manner on the controversies of the summer: “France has no race, no color, or religion. This country belongs to all “ Then:. ” After the summer murderers, this recovery is a shame and a lack of respect for the dead. The debate on the burkini is a nameless farce. You know my convictions in this area [according to him, the burkini is a "public provocation", ed], but I welcome the decision of the State Council. The right and the others want to legislate on the clothes and put in place a vice squad? They want to measure if the socks are on or under the jeans? Measure beards whether it’s a hipster or a fundamentalist “ MEP adds: ” Everybody talks about Burkini, but nobody is interested in 30,000 kids who are homeless above their head in our country. “

Through the words, the candidate ride. He mastered the stage and the verb. He talks about the difficulty finding 500 sponsors to participate in the presidential and glances in the direction of the Communists. All without naming: “I will never forget those who should be with us in brotherhood and fight their support ,” he said between sentences. Then a word about the primary PS and ecologists. “So it seems there are too many candidates in the primary. In this case, they can make a primary to determine who can participate in the primary … “ Laughs. Jean-Luc Mélenchon wants as “conquer space” . “The French are the second nation in the world in terms of per capita participation in space research” , he noted. Before warning: “Do not think that I’m hovering.” Finally, after an hour, he gives appointment to the Bastille on March 18 for a rally. And he escaped.

Rachid Laïreche


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