With an intention to vote bordering on insignificance a month and a half after the launch of her campaign, the socialist Anne Hidalgo needed a boost to get her pulse back in the still long race for the French presidency. The platform was the investiture congress of the Socialist Party (PS) this Saturday in Lille, a demonstration organized to show the unity of the formation – despite the absence of personalities like the former president François Hollande – around the mayor of Paris, of Spanish origin. . At the same time, the nomination has allowed her to present a program that seeks to convince left voters disappointed with party divisions that she is the candidate who can bring social democracy back to power, as has been achieved in Spain. , Portugal or even in Germany, from the hand of Olaf Scholz.
“We have exactly six months before the second round, to give hope to our country, to offer the French a new path, to offer them the strength of a new candidacy which refuses identity surrender, the exclusion of the weakest and the nationalist retreat. , and that it is in the hands of a woman who will pay new attention to the women of our country ”, declared Hidalgo in front of 1,700 participants in the congress. “I am here, I am fighting for that and I will fight for you until victory”, he proclaimed after the interventions of certain current and traditional heavyweights of French socialism, of the first secretary, Olivier Faure, to his predecessor in office and the current mayor of Lille, Martine Aubry, or the former Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve.
Asked for not having presented a government program since he declared his candidacy on September 12 – confirmed by the socialist votes on October 14 -, Hidalgo broke in Lille his “project of social, ecological and democratic reconquest” within of a “strong” and “united” Europe.
A plan which passes, he said, by the cancellation of the tax reforms which benefit the richest, the creation of a “universal” unemployment insurance, the strengthening of “trade unionism” or even aid to young people and workers. teachers, among others. The feminist candidate and “environmentalist of solutions” pledged that her government will work to achieve “carbon neutrality in 2050” and promote laws that guarantee “full pay equality in five years” and “real parity in companies in the world. within the boards of directors ”. . Hidalgo also assured that if he wins, he will lead a “in-depth reform of French institutions”, he will promote greater decentralization of the Administration and lower the voting age to 16, in addition to working in favor of the right to a dignified death.
“I am ready, we are ready. I call on those who want a change, come, get involved, join those who want to save the planet, build a strong and just republic, a France which is an example among the nations, ”he said.
However, the return promises to be difficult.
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Although still very preliminary, the polls place Hidalgo at a voting intention of around 5%, a figure not only historically low but also behind those of his main left rivals, the environmentalist Yannick Jadot and the leader of France Insoumise, Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The latter would also be the favorite candidate for a single left-wing candidacy, with 25% of the supporters, against 15% for Hidalgo and 14% for Jadot, according to the latest survey from the Ipsos-Sopra Steria institute for The Parisian and France Info.
“Do not dwell on the polls, it is today that Anne is starting her campaign,” asked Martine Aubry. “We are with you,” repeated all those who took the stage in Lille.
However, it is difficult to ignore the polls, which expose a problem that goes beyond the PS: according to another poll, the whole left is “fragmented at a historical level”, warned the director of the Cevipof institute, Martial Foucault, in The world. “Never, six months after a presidential election, the sum of the voting intentions of the candidates on this side of the chessboard [la izquierda] they obtained such a low score: 28% for the left-wing group, ”he warned.
“The left acts as if it had already lost the presidential elections,” lamented Hollande in recent days, in which he also criticized the “Lilliputian candidacies” of the left.
The survey appears in The Parisian on the state of mind of French progressive voters – those who have consistently expressed their majority desire for a united left for years – confirms the national pessimism: if 66% of left voters want there to be a single candidacy for the first return (which in the case of the Socialists shoots up to 77%), 64% consider that this will not happen.
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