Single candidate on the left in 2022: “Let’s build the program” first, reacts Hollande

September 29, 2020 by No Comments


The former President of the Republic François Hollande stressed on Saturday that it was necessary “Build a common program” of proposals on the left for the presidential election of 2022 before thinking of a single candidacy, otherwise “The call of the 1,000” According to him, only one “Wishful thinking”.

A thousand political leaders and activists, intellectuals and trade unionists called on Saturday in an online petition to “A common application” left for a “Ecological, social and democratic alternative” in the 2022 presidential election.

“The call of the 1000”: Towards a common candidacy on the left for the presidential election of 2022?

“It probably started with a good intention. But after all, it has no concrete impact. Would that mean that from Jean-Luc Mélenchon to the Socialist Party via the ecologists, there would be the same program? So let’s build the program! And then we will see if on the basis of this program there can be only one candidate ”, said the former socialist president to an AFP correspondent, on the sidelines of a conference he gave at the Rendez-vous de l’Histoire de Blois (Loir-et-Cher).“Calling for a single candidacy even though this work has not been done seems to me to be wishful thinking. Let’s start working on what could be the common proposals of this left. And then, if everyone agrees on this vision, this programming of essential proposals, then it will be possible to have a single candidate ”, he added.

“We know very well that Jean-Luc Mélenchon will be a candidate, that environmentalists want to be candidates. The only thing we are not sure is if the Socialists want to have a candidate ”, concluded the former first secretary of the PS.

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The column published on Saturday is signed by several activists and members of Europe Ecologie-Les Verts, La France insoumise, the Socialist Party, Generations or the PCF, who do not however represent, by their position or their number, the majority of their respective devices.



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