POLITICS – Like a scent of clasico. This Thursday, January 13, the socialist mayor of Marseille, Benoît Payan, let it be known that his support would not automatically go to his Paris counterpart, Anne Hidalgo, candidate for the presidential election. In an interview with Release, the mayor of Marseille says he will rely on the results of the popular primary.
A shattering statement that comes as the elected Parisian struggles to get her campaign off the ground, stagnating below 5% in voting intentions. Elected as part of an unprecedented coalition, Benoît Payan sees no other way out than union for the various left-wing candidates.
“Either they are fighting for something or they are fighting for themselves. There are hundreds of thousands of people telling us ‘come together’. There are millions of people who are waiting for the left not to give evidence, but to unite, ”argues the mayor of Marseille, using the victory of the Marseille Spring as an example to follow for the presidential election.
Divided, “they won’t win”
“In our parties, we were told ‘don’t do it’, but we trusted citizens, we trusted each other. We kept our differences, it’s not a barracks! I am not asking Hidalgo, Jadot or Mélenchon to abandon what they are, I tell them that they have a responsibility to unite. Otherwise, they will not win ”, insists Benoît Payan.
Asked about the reversal operated by Anne Hidalgo on the subject of the primary, the Marseille elected official does not mince his words. “You can’t say ‘I’m going to elementary school’ on Monday and, on Thursday, ‘I’m not going because there aren’t the friends I want’. You have to be consistent. I fully supported his approach to go there. I tell him: go to primary, show what you wear, give your energy and you will be useful ”, he affirms, before warning that he will not support a solitary adventure, including that resulting from the Party. socialist.
“I will support whoever wins the primary. And I will only give my sponsorship to the woman or the man who has come out of the majority ”, promises Benoît Payan while, for the moment, only Christiane Taubira accepts to play the game. candidacy of Anne Hidalgo, and to put a new blow of pressure on the various left candidates.
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