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Olivier Faure is outraged by an “incomprehensible slip-up” by Jean-Luc Mélenchon regarding the sincerity of the vote

The first secretary of the Socialist Party (PS), Olivier Faure, was outraged on Tuesday at a “incomprehensible slippage” of the chief of La France insoumise (LFI), Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who appeared to query the sincerity of the conduct of the European elections in the course of the LFI assembly held in Toulouse on Saturday.

“We have the right to question the organization of the elections. What is dramatic is to actually suggest that this would be a manipulation and that it would be a manipulation directed against the party of La France insoumise alone, which makes no sense. This is once again a slip-up which is incomprehensible because we must all, together, defend democracy”declared the boss of the PS on the air of Sud Radio.

Mr. Mélenchon had affirmed that his motion would “trigger a commission of inquiry into the conduct of elections in France”. He notably declared: “ Why don't professions of faith arrive in working-class neighborhoods, eh? Why are they placed on the edge of mailboxes when not directly in the trash? While in nice areas everything arrives well in the beautiful, well-sealed envelope. Sometimes bulletins are missing. »

Asked about this proposed commission of inquiry on Tuesday in the Assembly, the president of the LF group, I Mathilde Panot, promised to say “more next week”. Noting an instance of elimination from the electoral lists, in accordance with her unjustified, she recalled that LFI had arrange a device on its web site to “report any problems that may arise in the holding of the election and in the information for voters”.

“The 2017 and 2022 elections were not stolen. They were carried out in conditions that no one can dispute”, mentioned Mr. Faure on Tuesday. However, he refused to determine a direct parallel between Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Donald Trump, who by no means acknowledged the election of his successor to the White House, Joe Biden, and is accused of getting incited his supporters to take stormed the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021.

During this interview, Mr. Faure additionally mentioned that he ” bumped into “ by different statements by Mr. Mélenchon who wrote in a weblog notice that “anti-Semitism remains[ait] residual in France ». “Everything shows that there is, on the contrary, an explosion of anti-Semitism in our country”he mentioned. ” For what ? Why play with the yellow line every time? »he asked about the “rebellious” leader.

“I am both deeply shocked by any anti-Semitic act and I demonstrated against anti-Semitism. And, at the same time, since the first day, I have been fighting against the collective punishment that is inflicted on the Palestinians and I want the recognition of a Palestinian state alongside an Israeli state that would live in security., he added. The socialist estimated that the words of Jean-Luc Mélenchon gave “the feeling there too of a form of incomprehensible drift”.