Mélenchon to take a Back-Seat on French Left?
Now to Take a Back Seat?
The co-President of the Parti de Gauche, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, has expressed his weariness, and his wish to take some distance. He estimates that the Front de Gauche has suffered a setback.
(Interview à Hexagones,Exclusive Interview with Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The leader of the Left Party announces his willingness to take a step back, recharge his batteries, and says that it is time for him to pass the baton of leadership to others. He also noted the failure of the Left Front, and denounced the role of the media in the electoral breakthrough of the National Front.)
Mélenchon cited the need to escape from the pressures that his intense political activism, over the last five years, have brought.
He expressed the view that as a “big tree” he risked stunting the growth of the others in the left political “forest” from growing.
It is time, the former Presidential candidate for the Front de gauche said, for new faces inside the Parti de gauche (his own group inside the bloc) to take a more prominent roles.
Mélenchon offered a critical balance-sheet of the Front de gauche, notably against the Parti Communiste Français (PCF) and their electoral arrangements with the Parti Socialiste (PS).
He did not hesitate to criticise the “functionaries” who had attempted to isolate the great man. (1)
concluded that his time would be spent in giving a detailed content to the general ideas of the left. Above all, “La question pour nous n’est pas de faire un parti révolutionnaire, c’est d’aider à la naissance d’un peuple révolutionnaire». The issue for us is not to build a revolutionary party, but to help a revolutionary people be born.
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This follows troubles inside the Parti de Gauche earlier this month.
A small number of leading figures resigned their posts, protesting at the “centralisation” of the small party.
The set-back of the European elections has produced a number of responses.
The Parti Communiste Français has talked of building a “people’s front”, (Passer du Front de gauche au front du peuple.)
It is known that dissatisfied members of the ruling Parti Socialiste (‘frondeurs’) are upset above all with plans to cut spending and toe the line of budgetary ‘rigour’.
Ensemble, the third force in the Front de gauche (grouping a number of left currents), has proposed expanding to a broader “anti-austerity” front.
Is something like a French People’s Assembly on the cards?
(1) Les Echoes fills in the dots,
“Sans les nommer, il met en cause Pierre Laurent, le secrétaire national du Parti communiste ainsi que Ian Brossat, adjoint communiste d’Anne Hidalgo, responsables d’une stratégie d’alliance qui a « complètement décrédibilisé ce qu’était le Front de Gauche, explosé entre ceux qui ne voulaient pas d’alliance avec le PS et ceux qui se sont vautrés dans cette alliance.»
Se montrant très critique sur la ligne adoptée par le Parti communiste « plus institutionnelle, plus traditionnelle, où on continue à penser que la gauche est une réalité partiaire, organisée et qu’on peut rectifier le tir du Parti socialiste »,
Written by Andrew Coates
July 23, 2014 at 10:59 am
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