With 130,000 voters, the popular Primary of environmental activist Mathilde Imer and entrepreneur Samuel Grzybowski wants to be a “propulsive force and justice of the peace” on the left. For the moment, only Christiane Taubira and Pierre Larrouturou agree to submit to the result of this primary.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Yannick Jadot have always taken as much distance as possible from this deciding body. For her part, Anne Hidalgo, has long cultivated ambiguity. For a moment, she wanted to participate. Until Tuesday evening, during a meeting of the National Bureau, an important part of the PS pushed the mayor of Paris to join the initiative. Fatalistic, one of the participants confided: “The primary will take place and if we do not mobilize, Taubira or Mélenchon will win and we will be discredited”. But ultimately, faced with the refusal of the rebellious and environmentalists, Anne Hidalgo rejected the idea. And therefore decided to maintain his presidential candidacy, without going through the primary box.
A primary that tests the candidates in spite of themselves
Saturday, as surprising as it may seem, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Yannick Jadot and Anne Hidalgo will appear on the list of candidates submitted to the vote, and this, against their will. Other contenders for the supreme election do not appear on the list, such as the communist Fabien Roussel, who says he is “rejoicing”.
The other originality of this ballot lies in the voting system: “majority judgment”. The method is new: rank the applications, from best to worst. The voters will give an appreciation to each of the candidates: “Excellent, Good, Fair, Insufficient or To be rejected”. And the one who gets the most votes above the “passable” rating will be the big winner. Never seen.
Blast the wall of egos
“The egos are what slows down the primary”, we insist among the militants of the Popular Primary. At the same time, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Yannick Jadot do not want to lose the image of leader of their school of thought. The candidate of rebellious France embodies the radical left, at war with the establishment. In 2017, he was on the verge of qualifying for the second round with almost 20% of the vote. Today between 10 and 13% in the polls, he is hostile to the idea of being put in the same category as Christiane Taubira and Anne Hidalgo, at 3% in the polls. Yannick Jadot finds himself faced with the same problem as Jean-Luc Mélenchon. It is already legitimate, after winning the environmental primary against Sandrine Rousseau with 51.03% of the vote. He clearly wants to root his movement in the French political landscape.
Two irreconcilable lefts
“Two irreconcilable lefts”, this is the famous observation made by Manuel Valls, the demonstrations against the labor law in March 2016. The organizers of the Popular Primary are convinced that it is possible to overcome these divisions, but hatred between the two lefts, proves the opposite.