Blocked at the gates of the second round, Mélenchon establishes himself as the leader on the left

Deputy Bush du Rhone, the third recovery candidate in the presidential election, received 21.95% of the vote.

A month later, the punishment was harsh: “This presidency, I feel fine,” dropped Jean-Luc Melenchon in an interview with Sunday newspaper, on March 13th. The ax fell on Sunday at 8 pm. Despite the good momentum recorded in recent weeks, the leader of La France Insoumise (LFI) failed to qualify for the second round of the presidential election.

With 21.95% of the vote, according to results announced by the Ministry of the Interior based on 97% of registered voters, the platform is tied at the gates of the second round by outgoing Emmanuel Macron and the presidential candidate. National Rally Association (RN) Marine Le Pen. “We must not give a single vote to Mrs. Le Pen,” he urged Sunday evening after the results were announced.

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So Jean-Luc Melenchon remains at the bottom of the podium, dominated by two finalists from 2017. Emmanuel Macron received 27.6% of the vote (24.01% in 2017) and Marine Le Pen 23.41% (21.3% in 2017). Calls for an “effective vote” on the left by the rebels did not bear the expected fruits. Five years ago, Jean-Luc Melenchon came fourth with 19.58% of the vote, in pocket tissue with François Fillon with 20.01%.

The dynamics in the polls

“The last time, everything was decided in a month,” analyzed Antoine Léaument, Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s head of digital communications, in February.

Indeed, Jean-Luc Mélenchon has seen a steady rise in opinion polls in recent months. Friday, a few hours after the official campaign ended, she was given more than 17% of voting intentions. It was about 8% at the beginning of January. So thwart the latest trends.

A slight consolation for the frustrated candidate, Jean-Luc Melenchon with his result secures the place of the leader on the left, largely imposing himself in front of the ecologist Yannick Gadot (4.58%), the socialist Anne Hidalgo (1.74%) and the anti-capitalist candidates Philippe Bhutto (0.77). %) and Natalie Arthod (0.57%). A niche that should not satisfy the ecologist and the socialist, with the latter targeting the “rebel” in recent weeks, with his character, his ability to unite as well as about his attitudes toward Russia and the conquest of Europe. Ukraine.

With BFMTV last week, Jean-Luc Melenchon’s campaign manager, Manuel Bombard, stressed the importance of the rebels strengthening the position of the undisputed leader on the left, while he calms down. “The second round is important… If we weren’t in the second round, it would be even more difficult (To take the lead, editor’s note)“, He thought.

“One goal: to be in the second round”

He set off early in the race for the Elysee in November 2020, and has already picked up pace in recent weeks. The campaign has been designed intensified over the past month. “Before, I didn’t want to show myself that much,” the nominee told BFMTV a few days ago.

In mid-January, the campaign really began for the teams, with the “immersive and sniffing” big meeting of the ex-socialist in Nantes. A meeting that stood out in spirits, and was welcomed even on the other end of the political spectrum – Eric Zemmour’s Director of Events, Olivier Obeda, testified to his “professional respect for the beautiful meeting-conference scenography”.

“He is in his campaign focused on one goal to be in the second round,” Antoine Leumont announced on Tuesday.

At the end of the week, Jean-Luc Melenchon appeared in good shape, relaxed, but without the certainty of appearing in the leading duo and reaching the second round. “Millions of people will vote for the Common Future Program,” he stressed.

At a meeting on Tuesday night, with his holograms back in eleven other cities, the former Eason senator finally declared: “I’m not preparing for another election, I’ve done the job.” Will he return for a new term as a deputy to Bush du Rhone? His relatives indicated that he “will not stop”, but he did not want to disclose whether he would run for the legislative elections.

‘Another world is possible’

On Friday, just before the first round, the rebel leader benefited from last-minute support: Christiane Taubira, who withdrew her candidacy a few weeks ago for not having the requisite 500 sponsorships, announced in a press release that his vote would go to Jean-Luc Mélenchon for “cutting the way” to the extreme. The right, considering that the latter’s access to power became “reasonable at the end of this presidential election.”

“Another World Is Possible,” Jean-Luc Melenchon launched March 20, Place de la République in Paris after his march towards the Sixth Republic. He urged “Do not hide behind disagreements, behind leaders, do not hide.” The newspaper “La France Insumes” collected 100,000 participants in the march.

A show of force was not enough for Jean-Luc Mélenchon to be able to climb for the first time after his bid in 2012 and 2017 in the second round of the presidential election. “Let’s not hide the violence of disappointment,” he said of his result on Sunday. “The violence of disappointment, it is above all by the thought of all that would have happened and what would not.”

“But at the same time, how do you hide (…), also, the pride of the work done? The People’s Pole is there! If we weren’t there, what would remain? What would we have? Nothing! And we have built this power. “

“Of course the younger one will say to me: Well, we haven’t reached the goal yet! It’s not far…” Jean-Luc Melenchon shot. “I don’t look good, and I don’t want to feel good.” For the rebel leader, “the struggle continues.”

Beren Vasek and Clarice Martin

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