In the working-class quarters, the “name” Mélenchon facilitated the “dialogue” – Liberation

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Like the whole box in the Seine-Saint-Denis, La France insoumise points to the good results of the left in the poor suburbs.

She triumphs between the towers. The New People’s Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) has won many constituencies in working-class neighborhoods in the country. Just take a look at the map. Grand slam in the (symbolic) department of Seine-Saint-Denis (12 out of 12 constituencies). A result that made the thinking heads of the alliance smile. You can also go elsewhere. The left has noted many victories in Val-de-Marne, Essonne, Val-d’Oise but also in Mantes-la-Jolie, Marseille, Roubaix, Villeurbanne, Vénissieux etc. No one falls from the sky. Jean-Luc Mélenchon was a hit in the working-class neighborhoods. He passed the 50% mark in the first round in these polling stations. La France insoumise resumed the language with the workers’ quarters over the last five years. We remember one of his speeches, in Epinay-sur-Seine, in 2018, during a meeting with various suburban associations. “Mixing the people is nation building, it’s the people,” the eastern suburbs “new France” whereupon it is necessary “lean” to “to change things”, he said.

David Guiraud – who was easily elected in Roubaix – tries an explanation: “It is true that we have been talking to working-class neighborhoods for years. The inhabitants are not stupid: they see who is defending them, but not in a miserable thing. Jean-Luc Mélenchon respects and considers them. In the neighborhoods there is everything, people on the left and liberals, it’s just like everywhere, but a majority put a rebellious ballot in front of us because they feel represented. The Nupes figures do not close their eyes. The drop-out rates are stronger in the working-class quarters. Understand: Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s sweet words do not dispel all suspicion of politicians.


The socialist, communist and ecological candidates had this in mind. Some have refused to show Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s face on leaflets and posters. The triple presidential candidate is split. A pink candidate explained to us grinning: “I rarely present it when I walk in residential areas and in city centers. There may be complaints. But it’s the other way around, when I walk door to door in the estates, his name facilitates dialogue. He is not the only one who has used this strategy. David Guiraud is not particularly surprised. A story revolves around the rebellious sphere: Many voters have been looking for the “Mélenchon” ballot paper in the polling station in the working-class neighborhoods. “People are not always interested in politics and the association of the left is very distant. The truth is that some of the voters came in the hope of getting Mélenchon to Matignon “, completes David Guiraud.

Another reality exists: the inhabitants of the working-class neighborhoods are not enough to take power in the country. Deputy (re-elected to the Somme) François Ruffin has been talking about it for weeks. He hopes to marry working-class neighborhoods and the periphery of France: “It takes hard work. For the working-class neighborhoods, we’ve been talking to them for months, even years, with themes that they recognize themselves in, sometimes divisive, such as the police. The popular campaigns require the same effort, and in truth maybe ten times more effort, for ten times less return, because the habitat there is fragmented, because a Le Pen vote is anchored there.This is for me an election goal, but also a moral goal: We can not leave them to the National Rally . François Ruffin’s words do not always fit (and he does not care) in the rebellious galaxy. They blame him for looking “too close to her navel” and its district, which protects the periphery of France and the popular districts.

“Big sentences”

Picard has an ally: the National Secretary of the Communist Party is on the same line. Fabien Roussel pushes with both hands, so the left puts the issue of safety first. The rebellious deputy of the Seine-Saint-Denis, Alexis Corbière, is a little annoyed. He says : “Work districts are voting for us and that is very important, but that does not mean we are neglecting the concerns of the French. I have been fighting for years for the city of Bagnolet in my riding to have a police station. Afterwards, it is true that peripheral France does not vote in the majority for us, but it is not enough to make big sentences to solve the problem. And we must not oppose one another. Alexis Corbière says he is ready to have one “right” discussion with his friends “Find the best way” to assemble a wider electorate. Meanwhile, the twelve deputies from the Seine-Saint-Denis will arrive hand in hand on Tuesday morning to return Nupes to the Palais-Bourbon.

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