François Ruffin, the favorite “rebellious” of the left, prepares the post-Mélenchon
François Ruffin, LFI deputy for the Somme, in his office at the National embly, in…
Being designated as a contender for the left in the presidential election four years before the deadline does not only have advantages. François Ruffin experiences it. In the mornings, he is asked questions to which he does not have the answer, which begin with “If you were in power”. As April 13 on Franceinfo. “Would you agree to meet the representatives of Taiwan?” »he is asked. “Today, I don’t know. » Ultra-consensual on the left in recent months – except in his own party – the deputy La France insoumise (LFI) from the Somme has the art of choosing his fights. And to dry up, sometimes, the controversial votes in the National embly.
This art of dodging is more and more delicate since he is on the front line. If the former journalist is exposed, it is because he wanted to, but also because, since January, Jean-Luc Mélenchon has designated him as a potential candidate for the presidential election of 2027, and umes the monopoly to declare that it is ” ready “ for this deadline. It also forbids him to go too far beyond the borders of LFI: “François Ruffin is one of us, anti-capitalist and pro-Nupes and his shared program”he proclaims on his blog, while Mr. Ruffin professed his wish to rehabilitate social democracy, in an interview at The Obsin November 2022.
On May 6, also on his blog, the elected official of the Somme responded to the former presidential candidate. In a long argument, he ures us that he is and will remain ” in line “ positions of the founder of LFI, recalling that he will not be “the nice Ruffin against the bad Mélenchon”. On the form, on the other hand, he continues to think that it is necessary to put an end to the “sounds and moods” “rebellious” deputies under Emmanuel Macron’s first five-year term. ” To reure “do not be afraid anymore.
“I widen my field of play”
On the left, we look carefully at the publications of polls of voting intentions which give Jean-Luc Mélenchon and François Ruffin above the 20% mark, even if the methodology, four years from the election, while the list of candidates is not known, is more than uncertain. In opinion studies, their strengths and weaknesses are scrutinized. With tendencies: Mélenchon better in the youngsters, bad in the older ones, Ruffin the opposite. Mélenchon known to all but causing the rejection of some voters, Ruffin still unknown to half of the French but for that reason more consensual. With a potential notoriety to win.
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