The decision of the Communists to ally with the PS for the Parisian municipal polls has led Mélenchon and his immediate allies to delay discussions for the European May elections.
The Front de Gauche is at a standstill. If, at the local level, teams of their activists are busy preparing for the municipal elections in March, nationally, tensions related to the choice of the PCF to ally with the PS
in Paris continue to relations. “We cannot rewrite history”
remarks a key FdG figure. “We have now to begin discussions on the European elections.”
That’s as may be, but the Left Party (PG) of Jean-Luc Mélenchon has not forgotten the “betrayal”
in Paris. His battle with Pierre Laurent
(PCF leader) is continuing … with the hope of wining concessions over nominations for MEP lists.
The article notes that these divisions have led Mélenchon (a MEP) to equivocate over the election of Pierre Laurent (PCF) as President of the European Left Party – the bloc of left groups in the European Parliament.
The author suggests that the PG may wish to wait until th e results of the March local elections are known before deciding on the composition of the May European lists.
One should note that the author of this article, Lilian Alemagna, has written, with Stéphane Allies, Mélenchon le Plébéien (2012).
This book has not, to say the least, received a warm welcome from supporters of the Front de Gauche.
Its tone may be grasped from the blurb, “Rythmé d’anecdotes savoureuses, truffé de revelations…” (full of savourous anecdotes, stuffed full of revelations…).
Critics accuse it of barely going beyond this level.
Mélenchon himself says that Alemagna’s articles are “venimeux” (full of venom).
However there is objective evidence of strong tensions between the PCF and other parts of the FdG.
Not only the Parti de Gauche, but groups, such as the respected Gauche Anticapitaliste, opposed the decision to align with the Socialists in Paris.
As we wish the Front de Gauche well we hope that the present difficulties can be overcome.