Serious Rift Between Mélenchon and the French Communist Party.
Not good enough for Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
A new episode in the war between Jean-Luc Mélenchon, co-chairman of the French Left Party, and Pierre Laurent, national secretary of the French Communist Party took place a couple of days ago. This time it was in Madrid site of a key meeting of the Party of the European left ((EMP) – the body that brings together radical left parties in the European Union , notably for Euro-elections and the European Parliament.
Europe I reports,
The Left Party of Jean-Luc Mélenchon decided on 15 December, to slam the door on the Party of the European Left (EMP) , the gathering of twenty European political formations.
The reason for this break up is the election of Pierre Laurent national secretary of the French Communist Oarty (PCF. Behind this decision of Mélenchons group, the Parti de gauche (PdG) was the PCF’s decision to agree to an alliance with the Parti Socialiste (in government), for the first round of municipal elections in Paris.
This is explained to Liberation by Martine Billard, co-chair of PG:
We consider that waging a European election campaign with a president of with a president of the EMP who calls in Paris for an alliance with municipal representatives of social democracy will obscure our message.
In their official statement explaining why they have broken from the rest of the radical European left the PdG says,
Cette décision complique lourdement notre tâche en France. La clarté de notre campagne des européennes ne doit pas être mise en danger par la stratégie portée par Pierre Laurent de rejoindre la liste du PS aux municipales à Paris. Rien ne doit venir brouiller le sens politique du vote pour nos listes. Nous décidons donc de suspendre notre participation au PGE jusqu’aux élections municipales.
This decision severely complicates our task in France. The clarity of our European campaign must not be endangered by the strategy pursued by Pierre Laurent who has joined the PS municipal election list Paris. Nothing should interfere with the political meaning of the vote for our lists. So we have decided to suspend our participation in the EMP up until the municipal elections (note end of March 2014). Humanité.
The PCF notes that Pierre Laurent was re-elected to head the European Left with 78% of the vote.
In its go-it-alone Paris bid the PdG has opinion poll scores of 6% in the 14th arrondissement et 2% in the 15th arrondissements – where it is standing.
There are concerns about the future of the Front de Gauche, the alliance that brings together the PdG, the PCF and many other left parties and groupings.
The Gauche Unitaire (ex Ligue Communiste Révolutionnaire) voted for Pierre Laurent.
The tendency has expressed,
“sa totale incompréhension devant la décision du Parti de gauche de suspendre sa participation au PGE jusqu’aux élections municipales en France.”
Their complete incomprehension faced with the decision of the Parti de gauche to suspend participating in the PGE until the municipal elections in France.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Pierre Laurent have not spoken since the Fête de l’Humanité, last September.