Front de Gauche: Spat between Communist Party and Mélenchon
Summer ‘University’ of the Front de Gauche has just seen a serious spat.
In his key-note speech on Friday night the former presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon ended by attacking his own side. He accused his comrade of the Left Front, Pierre Laurent, the national secretary of the Parti Communiste Français (PCF) of being a “back stabber”. (Adapted from Libération).
Laurent’s response was immediate. On Saturday at the opening of the University of the Left Front in Grenoble, Pierre Laurent denounced the remarks as “unnecessarily hurtful” . But he did not want to “continue the controversy”. Whether this was a purely verbal escalation or not the disagreements about the article of national secretary of the PCF in the columns of Liberation (1) , which called for an end to “provocation and invectives “overshadowed the first day of debate.
Libération notes that the attendance at this Front de Gauche event was down on last year.
Mélenchon apparently disappeared after making his speech, an absence which did not go down well.
“He is deeply disappointed by what Pierre Laurent said.” one of his supporters remarked. “But this should not last, there is no divorce in the Left Front “.
(1) Laurent notably argued for a strategy for next year’s local elections based on agreements with the (governing) Parti Socialiste. “L’objectif doit rester de faire élire des majorités de gauche en rassemblant communistes, Front de gauche, écologistes, socialistes et forces citoyennes pour empêcher droite et extrême droite de conquérir des villes.” The objective must remain to elect left majorities, bringing together Communists, the Front de gauche, socialists and citizens’ groups, to prevent the right and the extreme-right taking power in our towns and cities.
He also implicitly criticised Mélenchon’s tone in his attacks on the Socialists, and Interior Minister Manuel Vals,. Laurent agreed that the Minister had made declarations (about Islam, about law and order and immigration) that were both opposed to the ‘values’ of the left and had had a “calamitous” effect.
But “Pour convaincre, nous ne devons pas confondre la colère et la radicalité nécessaire avec la provocation et l’invective.” To convince people we should not confuse together our anger and radical determination with provocation and invective. Here.
A “reconciliation” is expected today (Sunday).