In a meeting in Lille on Tuesday evening, the leader of the Insoumis focused on the Europeans has put aside polemics and court cases.
Relaunch, whatever the cost. After a devastating October in which the controversy accumulated, Jean-Luc Mélenchon signed Tuesday night in Lille his return to the field. Nearly 1500 supporters of La France Insoumise were present at the luxurious Sebastopol theater for a "public meeting". "Outside the presidential period, it is not nothing to gather as many people," rejoices in the entourage of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Evidence according to the unsuspecting that the events of recent weeks have left no trace. "On the contrary, it has strengthened ties," said Samy Oliver, the parliamentary assistant of Adrien Quatennens in charge of the organization of the evening.
Down in the polls, Jean-Luc Mélenchon was betting on his coming to Lille to turn the page and focus on the European campaign. One way to reconnect with "the bottom" without dwelling on ongoing judicial investigations. Unsuspects are still suspected of having overcharged the campaign accounts during the last presidential election and of having fictitiously used parliamentary attachés in the European Parliament. Welcomed by a standing ovation, Jean-Luc Mélenchon did not wish to linger on the subject. Denouncing a "political persecution" of the Elysee, he called on his supporters to "settle their accounts with ballots" in the European elections, turning the poll into a "massive anti-Macron referendum". "The bullets of our guns are our ballots," said the LFI leader. "Resistance! Resistance! ", Proclaims the audience.
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The development made, the leader of France Insoumise resumed his classic indictments against ultra-liberal Europe "Junker and Merkel" which dictate French policy. "There is no difference between what Mr. Macron decides and what the European Commission decides. He copied, he only does that, "he lamented, citing the" reforms of work and pensions. " Faced with this observation, Jean-Luc Mélenchon does not hesitate to rank behind the "brown plague" Matteo Salvini, Italian Minister of the Interior. "We are of course against this far-right Italian government. But he applies his program by saying no to Brussels. Well, he's the one who's right, "he said. Skeptical mice in the room.
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The speech of Jean-Luc Mélenchon in Lille will also have endorsed some modifications of the program of France Insoumise. During the presidential elections, the candidate Mélenchon advocated an exit from the European Union in case of failure of the negotiations on the budget treaties. The proposal is today much more nuanced. "When the time comes, we will have to negotiate to implement our program. This is plan A. If they refuse, we will do it anyway, it is plan B ", laughs now the leader of La France Insoumise without giving more precision. Internally, the idea of an "exit" from the EU would be considered too "repulsive" while LFI is working to gather as widely as possible.
Preferring to leave affairs aside, the Rogue leader should pass the torch to fellow MPs to continue counter-attacking. The group LFI intends to denounce once again the conditions of the searches of October 16 during the Justice bill studied from next week to the Assembly. After Lille, Jean-Luc Mélenchon should start a tour of France as part of the European campaign. Other dates in other major cities are being considered. At LFI, we hope that this return on the ground will make us forget these last tumultuous weeks. "We all know very well that the images of the searches will stick to the skin for a while longer …", however, admits an insidious member of parliament.