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Presidential in France: Christiane Taubira formalizes her candidacy


After several weeks of false suspense, Ms Taubira announced her candidacy, saying she wanted to respond to anger relative to social injustices and intend to convene a salary conference with a program based on the defense of youth, social justice and ecology.

The pandemic has revealed social suffering that has affected all generations, she declared during a militant rally for the union of the left in the Croix-Rousse district of Lyon, a symbolic choice in a nod to the Canuts, the former workers of this silk district. .

I want a government that knows how to dialogue instead of moralizing and caporalizing, she added in allusion to the controversy over the words of President Emmanuel Macron who said want to piss off the unvaccinated against COVID-19.

Less than three months from the first round, the left therefore now has six main candidates: in addition to Ms. Taubira, the radical leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the ecologist Yannick Jadot, the communist Fabien Roussel, the former minister Arnaud Montebourg – however close to give up – and socialist Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo. None for the moment exceeds the 10% mark in the polls.

Emmanuel Macron, not yet officially declared, is still a winner in the first round ahead of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, closely followed by right-wing candidate Valérie Pécresse.

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Last to enter the arena, Christiane Taubira announced at the end of December that she was considering being a candidate facing the impasse of a left more than ever divided, assuring that it would not be not one more candidate and that she would put all his strength in the last chances of the union.

The former MP for Guyana, the French overseas region where she was born 69 years ago, distinguished herself for the electorate on the left by her fight for the law which recognizes the slave trade and slavery as a crime against humanity and above all for having carried, as minister, the law which opened marriage and adoption to homosexual couples, adopted in 2013.

Presidential candidate in 2002, she won only 2.32% of the vote.

Although she has not yet registered a breakthrough in the polls (4.5% in a poll at the beginning of January), those around her ensure that she still arouses fervor within a left-wing electorate disoriented since Emmanuel Macron’s victory in 2017 and the disintegration of traditional political parties.

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Christiane Taubira wants to be the antidote to the weariness of the left-wing electorate, who can no longer stand the dispersion, says Christian Paul, mayor of Lormes, who is campaigning alongside him.

However, the situation remains extremely confused. Ms Taubira is counting on a inauguration citizen carried by a collective which organizes a primary on the left from January 27 to 30 …. in which the other candidates on the left refused to participate.

For the moment, this primary counts 120,000 registered voters and, says the former minister, its result will give the most beautiful legitimacy to the winner.

This analysis is rejected by the other candidates, in particular the ecologist Yannick Jadot, who himself submitted to a primary in his camp at the end of September.

Ms. Taubira’s statement comes the day before a large gathering of Jean-Luc Mélenchon in Nantes. The turbulent tribune of the Insoumis (radical left), who has always ruled out rallying behind another left-wing candidate, inaugurates a rally in Nantes immersive and olfactory with the avowed objective of standing out and appearing innovative and dynamic.

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