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Christiane Taubira announces her presidential candidacy – RT in French

Christiane Taubira, former Keeper of the Seals – and colleague of Emmanuel Macron under the Hollande presidency – announced on January 15 her candidacy for the presidential election, 20 years after that of 2002. With the aim of uniting a divided left.

New candidacy within a left more than ever divided. Former minister Christiane Taubira formalized her candidacy for the presidential election on January 15 in Lyon, saying she wanted to respond to “anger” in the face of “social injustice”. “The pandemic has revealed social suffering which has affected all generations”, declared the former presidential candidate of 2002 during a militant rally for the union of the left, in the district of Croix-Rousse in Lyon. , a symbolic choice in a nod to the Canuts, the former workers of this silk district.

Christiane Taubira notably declared that she wanted to convene a “conference on wages”, defend a government “which knows how to dialogue instead of moralize and caporalize” and allow the establishment of the citizens’ initiative referendum (RIC) – one of the main demands of the Yellow Vests movement. Guest of the 8 p.m. of France 2 on January 15, she will later present her program, which will contain “surprises and new ideas”, but “without being a La Redoute or Ikéa catalog of 1,000 proposals”, she said. .

The former Keeper of the Seals of François Hollande (and college of Emmanuel Macron in the Valls government between 2014 and 2016), known in particular for the law recognizing slavery as a crime against humanity and his fight for openness of marriage to homosexual couples, thus puts an end to the expectation that she had aroused among some left-wing voters on December 17, by announcing that she was “considering” to be a candidate, faced with the “impasse” of a fragmented left.

Less than three months before the presidential election, can she succeed in forming the union that has so far failed, while some socialists still regard her as having contributed by her candidacy to the ousting of Lionel Jospin in the first round of the 2002 presidential? She only won 2.32% of the vote.

No breakthrough in the polls

Her entry into the arena a month ago has so far not sparked a breakthrough in voting intentions, despite the fervor she enjoys among her admirers. And his candidacy “adds confusion to the division” according to his detractors, while five other candidates are already in the running, without succeeding in winning: the Insoumis Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the ecologist Yannick Jadot, the socialist Anne Hidalgo, the communist Fabien Roussel and the cantor of the “Remontada” of France Arnaud Montebourg, close to abandonment.

Christiane Taubira has promised to submit to the citizens’ initiative of the popular primary, an “investiture” by left-wing voters – already 120,000 registered to vote – whatever the result. Even if her supporters pretend to believe that nothing is won, she is the favorite of this consultation, especially since the other left-wing candidates whose names will also be proposed in this ballot have all refused to submit to it.

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