Mélenchon under fire from critics after his appeal reminiscent of the French Revolution
Jean-Luc Mélenchon is again under fire from critics on Friday, from the majority but also from his Nupes partners, after a controversial tweet commemorating the French Revolution ahead of the October 16 “march”.
“It is an incitement to social violence,” government spokesman Olivier Véran condemned on BFMTV and RMC.
“It’s not the first time he’s gone beyond the limits, he’s always in excess,” he estimated, welcoming a “dissociation” from “more traditional parties within the nupes,” particularly that of PS boss Olivier Faure.
In fact, on Thursday he was the first to distance himself from the rebel leader.
“On October 5th and 6th, 1789, women marched to Versailles against the high cost of living. They forcibly took the king, queen and dauphin to Paris under popular control. Do better on October 16,” Jean-Luc Mélenchon wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
“There, Jean-Luc, you can do better. Provocation is not always the best way to be heard. There is no longer a king or queen. We will have neither spades nor pitchforks. Our mobilization will not be violent and its strength is its message: justice against social disorder,” Olivier Faure quickly replied on the same social network.
On Friday, it is the turn of another of the Nupes’ partners, the ecologists, to highlight themselves from Strasbourg, where they hold their parliamentary days.
“We don’t cut off heads, we walk, we moan, we scream, we dance, we also rejoice, on the other hand we don’t cut off heads,” responded ecologist Sandrine Rousseau.
“I think that the brutalization at this point in the political debate ultimately only serves Marine Le Pen, it does not serve to advance our proposals,” estimated former Green presidential candidate Yannick Jadot.
But it is on the side of the government and the majority that the fire is fueled the most. “These are partisan statements that are meant seriously,” accused Franck Riester, the minister responsible for relations with parliament, on Südradio.
“I don’t think he has credibility to continue being a politician because he’s not responsible and dignified in what he says,” said Renaissance MP Aurore Bergé, leader of the Public Senate, who “don’t understand why she doesn’t.” does”. arrive in rebellious France to finally break with these methods and with him”.
Attacks that earned them a response on Friday, still on Twitter, from Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who insists and signs: “Véran and Bergé will you still go to the military parade on July 14 for the storming of the Bastille (100 dead)? Women’s March 1789 remains a model for women’s social struggle (0 deaths). October 16th follows the good examples. March!”
His lieutenants went to the front. “Olivier Véran and his government have been responsible for the most appalling social violence for decades. To put an end to it, popular mobilization is a duty,” rebel MP Manuel Bompard responded on Twitter.
In the same way, LFI deputy Antoine Léaument defended Mr Mélenchon’s tweet to the press in the National Assembly: “The effect is successful. Today we are only talking about the October 16 march against dear life,” he rejoiced.
As for the reactions of Olivier Faure or Sandrine Rousseau, Antoine Léaument attributes them to a “slight ignorance” of the “extremely democratic” march of October 1789, when “women mobilized on issues of purchasing power”.
On Friday evening, the minority current of the PS, supported by the mayor of Vaulx-en-Velin Hélène Geoffroy, against Nupes, asked Olivier Faure to convene a national office to suspend the PS’s participation in this march. “As a socialist, you do not join the call to insurrection,” she wrote.
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