July 1, 2022

Arnaud Montebourg’s presidential campaign continues to crumble

It is sometimes difficult to understand which end of Arnaud Montebourg’s campaign is taking water. Since the candidate proposed, Sunday, November 7, to block the private money transfers of immigrants to force countries to accept the return of their expelled nationals, we know in any case that he has two campaign teams. On the one hand, socialists, ex-socialists and disappointed with Melenchonism, and on the other those who wanted to run a campaign bringing together Republicans from both sides with the help of a handful of Sarkozysts, swearing by the spirit of the Council National Resistance (CNR) ranging from Gaullists to Communists. Between the two, nothing is right. By dint of sparing these two lines without ever deciding, the candidate, vilified by his competitors for the presidential election on the left, is losing support on all sides.

In the organization of his campaign, mainly run by people from the Socialist Party, first of all. According to our information, Simon Le Boulaire, former press adviser at the City of Paris and in charge of press relations in the “Remontada” campaign, will be leaving the team. Arnaud Montebourg also plans to take over from Valentin Przyluski, formerly of his ministerial cabinet in Bercy, the presidency of the Engagement, the movement backed by his campaign. A departure and a possible demotion which were, for a few days, interpreted by the opposing wing of his team as a victory. But no. Arnaud Montebourg, after having hesitated to throw in the towel, had initially decided to stay in a neo-eventist furrow, but a few days later he finally sided with the left. In the meantime, he promised everyone that he would clean up and clarify, without satisfying anyone.

Sarkozysts on the sidelines

Laurence Rossignol, vice-president of the Senate, childhood friend of the candidate, threatened to leave the campaign if he persisted in proposals with a right-handed flavor and continued to split on immigration and security. “I can’t do without Laurence”, he conceded. Of which act. As for the line, after having backpedaled more or less clearly on the measure of prohibition of money transfers, Arnaud Montebourg posted, Monday on BFM-TV, a rather classic left speech, offensive against the extreme right and without loans iconoclasts to the latter. “I have a project which is that of a man on the left”, the project, he said, “Of all those who are republicans and of the left, social”.

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