At the risk of adding even more confusion to a left already largely fragmented, but that she still hopes to bring together, Christiane Taubira should put an end to the false suspense of her candidacy for the 2022 presidential election during a trip to Lyon on Saturday.
With less than three months of the first round, the left will count, with it, six main candidates, none of which for the moment exceeds the bar of 10% in the polls, whether the rebellious Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the ecologist Yannick Jadot, the communist Fabien Roussel, the cantor of “La Remontada” Arnaud Montebourg, however close to giving up, or the socialist Anne Hidalgo.
“The antidote to the weariness of the left electorate”
Last to enter the arena, Christiane Taubira had announced at the end of December that she was considering being a candidate “in the face of the impasse” of a left more than ever divided, and had given an appointment for January 15 to clarify her choice. The former Minister of Justice of François Hollande had assured that she would not be “another candidate” and would “put all her strength into the last chances of the union”. Underlining “the fervor” around her, the members of her team confirm with a hint that she should formalize her candidacy during a rally militant for the union of the left Saturday at midday, in the district of Croix-Rousse.
A symbolic choice of the former Minister of Justice herself, in a nod to the Canuts, the former name of the workers in this silk district. She is “attached to ensuring that the voice of those who toil, of the forgotten, is recognized”, explains the president of the Left Radical Party, Guillaume Lacroix, a relative. In her statement, “she will talk about substance, her vision of France, what the left can bring to France, and what it can bring,” he explains. “Christiane Taubira wants to be the antidote to the weariness of the left-wing electorate who can no longer take the dispersal,” adds Christian Paul, mayor of Lormes (Nièvre), who is campaigning alongside her.
Christiane Taubira will go “to the end”
Even if she has not yet recorded a breakthrough in the polls, the Guyanese has already taken a step towards the presidential election last Sunday, by promising to submit to the result of the popular primary. This provides for a citizen “investiture” from January 27 to 30 in which the other left-wing candidates refused to participate. Anne Hidalgo had however campaigned for a primary of the left. But faced with the refusal of others, she now says that she will go “to the end”, even if Christiane Taubira came first in the popular primary.
Christian Paul, him, “the bet that in February there will be fewer candidates” and that “several will draw the consequences of the result of the primary”, which counts for the moment 120.00 registered to vote. The hypothesis of a victory for Taubira in the popular primary – whose voting methods will be presented on Saturday shortly after his declaration – is considered credible by many on the left, in view of the iconic image of Guyanese for some of the voters – and a primary cut for her, according to the most critical.
But those around her consider that she “takes a risk” by submitting to the result of the consultation, which would force her to rally to the winner, whoever he is. All ensure that it is not a duel with Anne Hidalgo and that there is no desire to get out of the game the mayor of Paris, in great difficulty in the polls. “His political approach is not driven by any settling of scores,” says Guillaume Lacroix.
Christiane Taubira has, however, already taken a few shots, such as the PS president of the Bourgogne-franche-Comté region, Marie-Guite Dufay, and more symbolically, the historical head of security at the PS, Éric Plumer. An announcement that “messed up”, according to an elected PS. Thursday evening, the PS mayor of Marseille, Benoît Payan, announced that he will support the winner of the popular primary, while calling on the left to unite. Ironically, the two candidates will be in the same sector on Saturday, since Anne Hidalgo will be traveling in the Lyon suburbs.