January 26, 2022

difficult to collect sponsorships for Mélenchon, Le Pen and Zemmour

Candidates in full “Blocking” who say ” struggle “, others still panicking. Obtaining the 500 signatures of elected officials necessary for a candidacy for the presidential election agitates great and less great candidates. Among the first, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour, in difficulty, cry out for democratic scandal in view of the voting intentions they collect. Their detractors, the presidential majority in the lead, see it as an obligatory part of the campaign, an outburst which always ends up being resolved through pressure blows and bluffing.

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On the left, Jean-Luc Mélenchon is objectively in a worse position than in the last presidential election. Five years ago, in January 2017, the candidate of La France insoumise (LFI) let it be known that he had exceeded 500 pledges of sponsorship. The official collection, in February and March, was eventful, before leading to 805 signatures. The candidate accused the French Communist Party (PCF) of withholding his signatures until the last moment. This year, the 800 or so elected Communists and related parties with the right to sponsor are asked to reserve it for the party’s candidate, Fabien Roussel. “I am counting on the broadest support, to have as many sponsorships as possible to give me strength”, reaffirmed, Sunday January 9 on France 3, the candidate of the PCF. And to add: “I hope that there will be no sponsorships that will go to support other candidates because it would be going to support an opponent. “

Jean-Luc Mélenchon worried

This is not a surprise but the Communist candidate has already passed the milestone of 500 written promises received, confirms the senator (PCF) of the Loire Cécile Cukierman, responsible for their collection. Jean-Luc Mélenchon noted, for his part, on Monday, that “The communist tradition is made of a lot of insubordination” and noted that several elected Communists were already sponsoring it. A phenomenon which remains marginal. “I do not have a departure from my file towards Jean-Luc Mélenchon”, emphasizes Cécile Cukierman.

With just 400 promises, the LFI candidate is worried. “We are in a deadlock situation for a certain number of us, and this is my case”, he said on Monday. Two weeks before the official opening of the sending of sponsorships to the Constitutional Council, on January 30, he proposed an express reform, including in particular a restoration of the anonymity of sponsorships. Since an organic law of April 25, 2016, the Constitutional Council publishes all the sponsorships as they are received twice a week, rather than an extract of 500 signatures drawn at random. But the proposal of the deputy of Bouches-du-Rhône was swept away by the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin. “We do not change the rules of the game a few days before the match”, he argued on RTL, considering that the required threshold was at the “Scope of any candidate”.

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