POLICY – It was impossible to miss it. In the twists and turns of the Fête de l’Humanité, organized on Saturday 11 September in Le Bourget (93), the multicolored poster of the Communist presidential candidate Fabien Roussel was everywhere. In April 2022, the deputy for the North will represent the French Communist Party (PCF), which will make a solo comeback after siding behind Jean-Luc Mélenchon in 2012 and 2017.

As you can see in our video at the top of the article, the Communist activists we met were eager to find their party’s values ​​embodied in a presidential run. “It had been two presidential elections since the party had weakened. There, I think we need left-wing candidates with more radical positions and fewer concessions, ”says Camille at our microphone.

The erasure of the party behind the person of Jean-Luc Mélenchon also seems to be a bygone era for many activists.

Last May, Fabien Roussel was officially invested as a PCF candidate for the 2022 presidential election by more than 82% of Communist members. More than 30,000 of the 43,000 up-to-date members voted. He will succeed Marie-George Buffet, who won 1.9% of the vote in the first round in 2007.

According to the deputy, the health crisis “forces us to unite, to take control of our destiny, to take back power from multinationals, banks and insurance companies. There it is, the stake of this election. And that must be the priority of the left. It’s mine”.

The elected northerner chose youth, purchasing power and the fight against tax evasion as the main campaign themes. In particular, he proposes to appoint a minister in charge of this fight if he makes it to the Élysée.

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