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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Les choses auraient pourtant pu être bien plus simple

by Roland Carones Pimenta

Left French political parties are in a mess

Translated Friday 9 June 2017, by Sophie Roche

To make matters simpler, the leadership of the PCF (French Communist Party) could have asked communist militants to vote on whether the potential PCF candidates should endorse the program l’Avenir en Commun [1].

At least our militants would have given us their honest opinion. Instead, some party leaders, who seem to want to keep their seats at all costs; engage in tortuous calculations. They don’t really understand that this is exactly what could loose them their seats.

Objectively, Jean Luc Mélenchon’s logic is one that paid off. His candidacy is not based on an individual but on the defense of a political platform. But the France Insoumise (FI) (French Left party run by Mélenchon) can’t really abandon its political platform without letting voters down. So it is also impossible for them to welcome potential MPs who would vote against laws such as ecological transition or abandoning nuclear power, without losing credibility.

It makes sense to ask what a product contains before looking at the label. If the product is opposed to abandoning nuclear power, it should be labelled as such. And I am not even mentioning how reluctant some of the PCF were to support Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

If we want the Left to join forces, it seems this partnership can work only if they focus on views voted for by most French people.

It is unrealistic on the part of the PCF to ask FI for 50% of constituencies whilst acting just like other scheming politicians by sending thoughtless SMS to the Canard Enchainé (satirical French newspaper)?

As usual, it would have been a good idea to ask militants what they thought. But as expected, militants are not concerned by the same politician concerns ... and therefore are not consulted.

So, Comrades, what we really need to do is vote for a political platform and for those who will defend it in parliament. Let’s not vote as Macron’s indiscriminate supporters did for vague positions.

And one more thing: let’s impose on Macron a political cohabitation with the opposition!

[1Translator’s note: L’Avenir en Commun is the program of Mélenchon’s La France Insoumise, uneasy partner of the PCF

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