Mélenchon says he is able to turn into prime minister, “let him keep quiet” replies Hollande | EUROtoday

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The chief of La France insoumise (LFI), Jean-Luc Mélenchon, affirmed on Saturday June 22 that he was ” Of course “ able to turn into prime minister if the left alliance received the legislative elections, regardless of the reluctance of a number of voices in his camp. “I intend to govern this country”he declared on France 5, returning to the required unity on the left which requires that it not be “not the mess, not the bazaar, not the permanent general assembly, the piapia of the leftists who spend their time arguing among themselves”.

While LFI deputy François Ruffin affirmed that Mr. Mélenchon had “reason to withdraw” and that the top of the listing of the Socialist Party (PS) within the European elections, Raphaël Glucksmann, estimated that the “rebellious” wouldn’t be prime minister, may he nonetheless achieve entry to Matignon? ” Of coursereplies Mr. Mélenchon. I don't eliminate myself and I don't impose myself. I think it’s a formula that is quite respectful of the collective. »

As for Mr. Glucksmann's remarks, “You shouldn’t speak like that too quickly. We’re going to talk”insists the one who said to himself, ten days ago, ” ready “ to be prime minister in the event of victory of the New Popular Front (NFP) made up of LFI, the PS, the French Communist Party (PCF) and the Ecologists.

“Rejection”

Within the left, the hypothesis of Jean-Luc Mélenchon joining Matignon, in the event of victory, is strongly rejected. On Sunday, François Hollande urged the leader of the “rebels” to ” to close up “ in view of the “rejection” that it arouses. “If I have a message to convey, it is that Jean-Luc Mélenchon (…)if he wants to be of service to the New Popular Front, he must step aside, he must keep quiet”declared Mr. Hollande to a few journalists from his stronghold of Corrèze, where he is a candidate in these early legislative elections. “That doesn't mean I deny the sensitivity he representshe continued. But when there is more rejection of Jean-Luc Mélenchon than of [Marine] Le Pen or [Jordan] Bardella, there is a moment when we must be aware of what the general interest is. »

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A few hours later, Mr. Mélenchon responded to Mr. Hollande from Montpellier, where he was holding a meeting, affirming that “popularity is not on the side he thinks”in response to boos from the audience when he mentioned the former president's name.

“You know what type of man I am (…). If I am where I am, it’s because all this time I never gave in”the “rebellious” boasted, paraphrasing Edmond Rostand: “I will never give up the honor of being a target, as Cyrano de Bergerac said. » “For the offense to reach its target, it must start from the same level as this one. And that’s not the case”Mr. Mélenchon as soon as once more quipped.

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