POLITICS – It’s a form of retaliation. Often divided, sometimes in retreat, regularly inaudible, the left intends to make its voice heard this Saturday, June 12 with 144 demonstrations announced throughout France. The “march of freedoms against far-right ideas”, publicly recorded the day after the controversial police demonstration in front of the National Assembly on May 19, but long planned, will start in several cities of France at the mid-day.
After the law on global security, the accusations of “Islamo-leftism” and the climate of violence in the country, the many organizers from unions, parties, citizens’ groups or NGOs want to make this march a symbol of unity and opposition to the power in place. “We are expecting tens of thousands of people in Paris, but the simple announcement of these 144 gatherings across France is already a success,” commented Eric Coquerel, one of the organizers, the day before.
Left-hand melting pot
The idea of a big rally “against the ideas of the extreme right” was already in the pipes of the associations, political organizations or unions of the left, as proposed by this call signed inRelease May 4 by a group of elected personalities or civil society, including the former Minister of Socialist Culture Aurélie Filippetti, the rebellious leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon or the committed actress Corinne Masiero. “Faced with this climate of hatred, racist and attacking individual and collective freedoms, we call for a strong, united and unifying reaction”, explained the dozens of signatories in the foreword.
Then, the left-wing parties made it a point of agreement for their second “union” meeting, organized by Yannick Jadot on May 24. “We want to succeed in collective mobilizations like that of June 12 against the extreme right”, reacted in our columns Matthieu Orphelin at the exit. We will know on Saturday evening if the mobilization paid off in terms of participation in the processions, but one thing is already certain: we will not have a “family photo” of the left united in the Parisian rally.
Yannick Jadot, EELV MEP who is preparing his presidential candidacy will not be there because of a meeting in Berlin with the German candidate for the Greens for chancellery, Annalena Baerbock. The Communist presidential candidate and deputy for the North, Fabien Roussel will be in Lille.
The parties in the second line
The boss of the PS, Olivier Faure, will take advantage of a trip to Paca to participate in the march of Avignon, in the Vaucluse. “What more beautiful symbol than to be in this region to assert our fight against the extreme right?”, Decrypts a framework of the PS who takes the opportunity to send a spade to the rebels. “We are the only Republican party that has never failed in its duty to block Republican … Jean-Luc Mélenchon has never called for a choice in the previous presidential elections”, loose this source.
“There will be the family photo of the organizers”, relativizes Éric Coquerel, co-organizer of the rally, recalling the “110 organizations present”, including Attac, Friends of the Earth, CGT, Cimade, defense organizations climate, Dare feminism and many others. On the political side, the national secretary of EELV, Julien Bayou, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of the Insoumis and the co-founder of Génération.s Benoît Hamon are announced in the Parisian procession. The ex-LREM deputy Aurélien Taché who denounces “the liberticidal drifts” of the five-year term Macron is also one of those who called for demonstrations.
Fear of overflows
Matthieu Orphelin, candidate with the Insoumis to regional in Pays de la Loire, will demonstrate in Angers (Maine-et-Loire). In a press release published on Friday, June 11, he deplored the holding of a far-right counter-demonstration in the city at the same time and warned his troops: “I call on all participants to scrupulously respect the route defined with the prefecture, to show forcefully non-violence and, if that were to happen, not to respond to provocations from the extreme right, ”he indicated.
In Paris, the organizers wanted to be reassuring on the eve of the march. “The prefecture is confident that things are going well. There was not to be any police device in front of the procession to avoid the traps ”, reports Éric Coquerel who saw the authorities the week before the rally, before adding:“ I hope that the government will not play the rotting ” .
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