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La France insoumise in crisis as leading figures denounce “autocratic” Mélenchon.

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Crisis over Nationalism and Autocratic Leadership in La France insoumise.

Des cadres de La France insoumise dénoncent les dérives autocratiques de Mélenchon

Nouvel Obs.

A wave of protest has been stirring in La France insoumise (LFI). According to Le Monde  several leaders of the movement, including  candidates for European elections, and Charlotte Girard, co-responsible for LFI’s  programme – have denounced the autocratic excesses of the leader of LFI. These criticisms were published in an internal letter of January 9 came after ” banishment” of François Cocq, January 5, by this tweet from Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

CNews claims that a Spokesperson for LFI is nationalist François Cocq who has been banished from the movement.

Le Nouvel Obs continues,  that there are “serious complaints about the internal organisation of LFI.”

Le Monde has the original story.

Dans une lettre que « Le Monde » s’est procurée, des « insoumis » s’émeuvent du « bannissement » de François Cocq.

Europe I continued,

Les cadres de La France insoumise dénoncent la “brutalité” du “bannissement” de l’un des leurs par Mélenchon

Now it is clear that this Blog has little, indeed, no sympathy with the politics of Cocq, who represents the worst sovereigntist tendency in La France insoumise.

This is, for example, what he has said in his defence (Novel Obs)

ll emploie le mot nationaliste comme une injure. Je n’ai pas de problème à parler de la nation. Pour moi, c’est le corps politique constitué, ce qui définit le corps républicain. C‘est notre histoire, la grande histoire révolutionnaire. Mélenchon parle lui plutôt de patrie républicaine mais je sais qu’on met la même chose sous ces deux termes.

(Mélenchon) used the word nationalist an insult. I have no problem speaking of the Nation. For me, it is the political body which makes up the flesh and bones of the republic. It’s our history, our glorious revolutionary history. Mélenchon prefers to speak of a Republican fatherland, but I know that the two terms refer to the same thing.

The main difficulty seems to be that Cocq does not simply repeat the party line on this ideological issue.

There also appear to have been differences over the degree of warmth and enthusiasm for some of the Gilets Jaunes, notably the leading figure  Eric Drouet.

Cocq appears to have been more guarded in his support for this figure.

It is clear that, as the letter cited above states, banishing the individual, who is widely known in the Rally, apparently a “national orator ”, by tweet from the Party leader, is hardly democratic.

As those protesting have said, this is an off the cuff pronouncement from Mélenchon not a the result of LFI party members’ decision-making.

It reminds people of Trump’s behaviour.

 

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Written by Andrew Coates

January 16, 2019 at 4:22 pm

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  1. He looks a bit Gerry Healy. Has he got any Redgraves?

    Dave Roberts

    January 16, 2019 at 11:39 pm

  2. There was a wing of the New Anticapitalist Party that left the NPA to join Mélenchon’s party, I think. Has it ever made any public statements about LFI’s internal regime?

    jschulman

    January 18, 2019 at 10:57 pm

  3. They are allies, in the alliance known as Ensemble. They are not in LFI itself.

    Andrew Coates

    January 19, 2019 at 11:58 am

  4. “a Gauche anticapitaliste (GA) : fondée en novembre 2011 comme courant du NPA, elle prend son autonomie en juillet 2012 pour rejoindre le Front de gauche. De tradition marxiste-révolutionnaire et écosocialiste, elle comprend des figures issues du NPA et de l’ancienne Ligue communiste révolutionnaire, comme Myriam Martin et Pierre-François Grond”

    see the site: https://www.ensemble-fdg.org/

    Andrew Coates

    January 19, 2019 at 5:17 pm

  5. Thanks, Andrew. They must be very frustrated, regardless.

    jschulman

    January 19, 2019 at 5:48 pm


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