End of summer school, heading to the presidential election. Jean-Luc Mélenchon spoke this Sunday morning at the closing of the universities of the Insoumis in Châteauneuf-sur-Isère, near Valence (Drôme), hitting hard against abstention.
The rebel leader first said he had 240 signatures out of the 500 sponsorships needed to stand for the presidential election. “I know very well what forces are coming together to prevent us from doing this. (…) Do not think that it is settled ”, he assured by launching a call for mobilization.
As for his candidacy, his third, Jean-Luc Mélenchon repeated that it was not “a personal adventure” but that it was carried by “an immense human collective”, with particular reference to the signatures of citizens. , an initiative launched last November.
His goal now? Mobilize! In front of several thousand activists, he identified with offensive accents what he considers to be their number one enemy: “Abstention, definitely, is a stupid trap! “. Certainly, it is “a form of action and not an indifference”. “But when it comes to deciding, everything goes through political power, even more so in the Fifth Republic”, professed the boss of LFI deputies.
He knows he is going to have to fight against the tide of a phenomenon that escalated in the last two interim elections, threatens the presidential election and affects more of the popular classes he is addressing. “Abstention is the worst that can happen to us. The polls say that the more it votes, the stronger we are; the less it votes, the stronger Le Pen and Macron are, ”argued Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
Aware of his divisive personality, conducive to media controversy, the member for Bouches-du-Rhône simulated the reproaches that could be made him: “Mélenchon does not suit me, he speaks too loudly, we said he was this, or I no longer know what I was told but that poses a problem for me because I am a petty bourgeois ”. He explained his strategy of “popular union”, a label that replaced on campaign posters that of LFI, now considered too unifying: “The union at the base in all directions – not against, out of detestation, but for change life, clearly saying how, why, with whom ”.
The rebellious electorate of 2017, which reached 19.58% of the vote, is partly made up of the popular classes, potentially more inclined than others to abstain. “If they’re going to vote we’re in the second round. If they are not going to vote … “Jean-Luc Mélenchon whispered to the press on Saturday, before pouting.