“Jean-Luc Mélenchon on TV every two days was strangling us. I had to cut the rope to be able to breathe.” | EUROtoday

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François Ruffin, invested by the New Popular Front, won the second round of the legislative elections in the first constituency of the Somme. Here, in Paris, on July 9, 2024.

Narrowly re-elected on Sunday July 7 within the 1D constituency of the Somme in opposition to the National Rally (RN), the deputy François Ruffin takes a essential have a look at La France insoumise (LFI), the political get together that he left earlier than the second spherical of the legislative elections. Calling to not oppose “France of towns and towers”he accuses his former get together of getting knowingly deserted the favored countryside and working-class lands, to pay attention solely on younger folks and the neighborhoods.

How do you analyze the outcomes of the legislative elections? Is it actually a victory for the left?

On the night of the European elections, June 9, the left was in tatters, morale in its socks. That with a “Be united”A ” Popular Front “we handle to show the sunshine again on in 4 weeks, that's a hope. But on the threat of enjoying the killjoy, I say: “Be careful, this is a reprieve.” There is a trompe-l'oeil impact. The methodology of election, the establishments, have contained the surge of the National Rally (RN), however the wave is highly effective.

My Picardy elected 13 far-right MPs out of seventeen, it's worse in Pas-de-Calais. 57% of staff voted for the RN within the first spherical, and shedding the employees could be very critical for the left: it's not simply shedding votes, it's additionally shedding its soul. And in my constituency too, it should be said clearly: I'm down eight factors in two years.

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I had recognized this issue in 2022, in my e-book I’m writing to you from the Somme Front (The Links that Liberate). The left suffered from three “holes” : a geographical gap, the France of the cities; a demographic gap, the aged; a social gap, modest workers. But this alert was of no use. The state of affairs acquired worse, and even tipped over.

How did you expertise the marketing campaign?

In ache. On one facet, there was the engaging drive of the RN: in entrance of me, the candidate was Jordan Bardella. For many individuals, Marine Le Pen and him embody change. And on the opposite facet, a drive of repulsion. For three weeks, we carried our cross, a backpack filled with stones, we got here up in opposition to a wall, a reputation: “Mélenchon, Mélenchon, Mélenchon.” With the profile of the left, of LFI, these final two years, I knew that we had been shedding floor. But I believed that my determine, regionally, would function a lightning rod.

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Well no, that isn’t sufficient, nor for Sébastien Jumel [député sortant communiste (PCF), qui s’est incliné en Seine-Maritime]nor to Fabien Roussel [secrétaire national du PCF, qui a perdu dans le Nord]nor to others. It was nearly comical: folks would inform me “We love your speeches, it's great”, “wait, I'm calling my wife, we're going to take a selfie”and ultimately, in opposition to Macron and Mélenchon, they voted for Bardella!

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