“I propose my candidacy but there is a but! “. Sunday evening, on TF1, Jean-Luc Mélenchon announced that he was “ready” to embark on a third candidacy for the presidential election, 17 months before the deadline. But, immediately, he made his approach conditional on obtaining 150,000 citizens’ signatures on a dedicated platform that was immediately put online. A blow like them the rebellious leader, keen on new technologies, who had notably used a hologram to hold several simultaneous meetings in 2017.
This Tuesday afternoon, the dedicated site “noussommespour.fr” approached 124 00 supporters and crossing the symbolic bar was only a matter of hours. “It’s a nice surprise because it went much faster than we had anticipated. Initially, we thought we would achieve the objective rather early next year, “said Parisian Adrien Quatennens, LFI deputy from the North. Who ensures that many of these supporters are not adherents to rebellious France, “which shows that Mélenchon’s appeal was heard well beyond our ranks”.
Except that several of his opponents believe that the member of Bouches-du-Rhône did not take much risk by setting a target of 150,000 signatures, he who claims 400,000 LFI members online and has collected more than 7 million of votes in 2017. “It’s ridiculous, tackled this Tuesday morning on France Inter Christophe Castaner, the president of the LREM group in the National Assembly. That’s 2% of the voters he had five years ago in the presidential election, so he’s set the bar low enough not to have any difficulties. “
“This number of 150,000 was not chosen at random”
For the former Minister of the Interior, his initiative “falls flat”. Same sentence at the socialist PS Marylise Lebranchu who judged Monday evening on Twitter the number of very low supporters. “It’s terrible”, judges the former minister for whom “the communicators (Editor’s note: by Mélenchon) make a mistake ”. An accusation of flop that challenges Adrien Quatennens. “It is not a question of making a show of force, he says. This number of the 150,000 was not chosen at random. It refers very precisely to a bill that was tabled ten days ago and which is itself taken from a report by Lionel Jospin. “
In 2012, the former Socialist Prime Minister, at the head of the Commission for the Renovation and Ethics of Public Life, proposed a sponsorship of at least 150,000 citizens to qualify presidential candidates as an alternative to the current system which imposes sponsorship of 500 elected officials. Still, for Mélenchon’s detractors, this call for popular support is a clever way to erase the accusations of authoritarianism that have emerged internally. “It is the candidate of the Insoumis. Why not have consulted the members of his party? It would have been logical, ”says Parisian François Hollande. “He wants to show that he is legitimate,” continues the former President of the Republic. Perhaps because he fears not to have the 500 sponsorships of elected officials necessary. “
This time, the rebellious leader could in particular have to do without the signatures of elected officials of the Communist Party, at odds with the almost candidate. “This will not change anything for us because the rule will probably not be changed by 2022, argues Adrien Quatennens. So we will go back to the quest for 500 sponsorships. It is a long and tedious job for a young political movement like ours. “On the form, the lieutenant of Jean-Luc Mélenchon ensures wanting” to have the list of supporters certified by a bailiff so that there is no doubt about the sincerity of the signatures. In recent hours, Internet users have noticed that they had indeed been able to sign several times and under different identities on the platform. “We will sort it out,” Quatennens promises. We will not give this criticism any hold. “
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