“If I had been told that I would have traded well with Sébastien Sémeril a month ago, I would not have believed it”, laughed Yves, a rebellious septuagenarian, at the end of a discussion with the most moderate socialist vice president to economic growth in the Metropolis of Rennes. For this “citizen fair” organized by Rennes Insoumis in Triangle garden, this Sunday, May 22, nearly a hundred left-wing activists came to support Frédéric Mathieu, the LFI candidate of New Popular Economic and Social Union (Nupes) for the first constituency in Ille-et-Vilaine. Their creed: union against LREM. If most of the activists there are rebels, a nice group of communists and ecologists are there. Socialists are more unique, but inspired, like Raymond, 60, who puts himself “on the left of the PS”: “I’m not nervous about voting for an Insoumis if it’s to win the left”. And it would be very bad if the rebels cunningly fight the local executive.
For example? The choice of venue for this fair. Triangle gardens are threatened to be reduced by half for the construction of a medico-psychological center (CMP). Two residents had signed petitions and Fatima Zahra-Kodad, an activist association, invited by Frédéric Mathieu, led the floor to accuse local elected officials of this project part of promoting zac Blosne-Est.
In the eighth district, the configuration is different. It was already Insoumis and others lining up behind Mickaël Bouloux, who was finally invested by the Nupes after several turns. During a meeting outside on Saturday May 21 opposite the Vieux Saint -Étienne theater, the socialist candidate, accompanied by personalities from other components of Nupes – Elsa Koerner (PCF), Gaëlle Rougier (EELV), Florent Lebreton (LFI)… – warmed up a crowd of one hundred activists. Socialists, ecologists, but also many rebels. Smic at 1,500 euros, retire at 60, break up Parcoursup and even the Sixth Republic … Mickaël Bouloux learned the lesson written by Jean-Luc Mélenchon perfectly. What motivated LFI activists to distribute leaflets with the face of Mickaël Bouloux, presented and distributed on this occasion? No worries for Marcel, 67, and Brigitte, 63, members of Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s party since his birth in 2017. “Of course we support Bouloux, assured the couple, LFI pin on jacket, leaflets from in the socialist hands. We really believe in this union “.
The socialist side, “those who can’t swallow the Nupes pill aren’t there,” said one young activist. Some will remain, relieved for some, like Gilles, the 60s: “I almost released PS after Holland, but there, I believed it again. The Nupes program was Mitterrand at 81. I think the union can save PS. »
Saving the party with a rose, the militant rebels ignored. Away from the high mass of the union with the candidates, on the ground, each remained in his camp. Even the opponent used to be a partner. For example, during the drag in front of the station in Anatole France, on Wednesday May 18. A gaggle of Insoumis were distributing leaflets “Mélenchon prime minister”… Without mentioning Mickaël Bouloux. “We have not yet received the campaign material”, said Alexis, 27 years old. “It doesn’t matter who the candidate is,” added Gabriel, 40, an LFI cardholder. We would have liked to be rebels, but the priority was to release Bachelier (outgoing LREM deputy, editor’s note) and send Mélenchon to Matignon. “And” everyone except LREM “even goes to the left of the LFI. Lucas, 27, says he is” close to the ideas of the NPA “, even if he voted for Mélenchon in April:” In politics, sometimes you have to you have to be realistic if you want to change things. »Support Bouloux? “It is for a good purpose.»
Talks are far from sometimes non-plomatic words made under the filter of social networks. “You don’t want it,” a Rennes activist declared on Facebook when the Rennes insoumise page announced a France 3 program with Mickaël Bouloux. “Mistake of extending the treaty of the Socialists”, confronts another. A rebel from Saint-Jacques assured him that he would not “drag henchmen out of Holland”. Keep up the natural …