Purchasing energy, pensions, progress… how the New Popular Front composed its program for the legislative elections | EUROtoday

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Posters of the New Popular Front, in Paris, June 19, 2024.

A program ” serious “ because the members of the New Popular Front (NFP) proclaim or “dangerous for the French economy”, “just as much, or even more” than that of the National Rally, as affirmed by the quantity considered one of Medef, Patrick Martin, in an interview with Figaro ? Concluded in only 4 days, the NFP program was additional refined on Thursday June 20, towards a backdrop of discussions across the costing, within the air of constant negotiations between socialists, “rebels”, ecologists and communists. They had been to culminate in a press convention on Friday midday.

But the principle factor is probably elsewhere. At a time when arguments from the financial world and the federal government are pouring in to denounce a program synonymous with nationwide chapter, the left is taking part in on its credibility. With a bonus, notes political scientist Rémi Lefevre, “the government's strategy of emphasizing the unrealistic nature, on the costing, brings the debate to socio-economic questions, and the left has every interest in this…” After spending the vast majority of the negotiations discussing worldwide points – from Gaza to Ukraine – and the battle towards anti-Semitism, the criticisms of unrealism nearly sound like a respite. A return to a traditional terrain of left-right confrontation inside which to spotlight the social messages of this New Popular Front.

It's not that these messages are very new. In their negotiations, the companions of La France insoumise (LFI) insisted to not begin from this system of the New Ecological and Social Popular Union, itself derived from the presidential platform of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, nonetheless the settlement of the NFP is positioned in its continuity.

The communists had the thought of ​​giving it the form of a “legislative contract”, a time period that Fabien Roussel was already utilizing in 2022. The “rebels” proposed a sequencing of measures, an order of precedence which considerably restricts the catalog of two years in the past. The thought of ​​making it even briefer, fifteen bars, circulated for some time, earlier than failing. “Fifteen measures are not enough to govern”explains Cyrielle Chatelain, former president of the environmental group within the Assembly who evokes a necessity “transparency in relation to voters”.

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At the margins, the vocabulary has modified, transferring from idea to follow. It is now not a query of “tax revolution” as in 2022, however comparable measures in a amending finance invoice from August 4, “to have a fair tax policy”. No extra query of “nationalize” highways, strategic airports, EDF and Engie, nor “socialize” sure basic banks to create a public treasury circuit guaranteeing the State's financing. If the alliance nonetheless desires the creation of a “public banking center”, the latter now solely depends on the Caisse des Dépôts et des Consignations and the Public Investment Bank, with out nationalizing the final banks. The alliance nonetheless advocates the creation of a public drug heart, however the thought of ​​LFI and the French Communist Party (PCF) of a nationalization of Sanofi was deserted, thought-about too expensive.

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