European elections: Manon Aubry formalizes her candidacy for LFI

MEP Manon Aubry confirmed on Sunday that she should be the head of the list of La France insoumise (LFI) for the European elections on June 9, as she was five years ago. “I propose my candidacy to lead the list of the Popular Union. I appeal to all the orphans of Nupes, all those for whom its creation represented hope. I want to say to them: ‘Join us, come to us help!'” he told the newspaper 20 minutes the 34-year-old parliamentarian.

No common list on the left

Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s party has long campaigned for a common list of left-wing parties but it was not followed by the communists, socialists and environmentalists. These groups will therefore leave in dispersed order for these elections. Created in 2022, the New Popular Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) imploded last fall anyway, under the weight of disagreements between its members, in particular on the conflict in the Middle East.

“The Insoumis have already appointed me leader. We are now working on developing the list and activists will have the opportunity to vote on the list in its entirety at the beginning of March,” said Manon Aubry.

Six MEPs obtained in 2019

In 2019, the list she led obtained 6.31% of the votes and sent six deputies to the Parliament of Strasbourg and Brussels. According to polls, she is now credited with 7 to 8% of voting intentions. “The succession of crises (Covid, energy, inflation) has brought to light the danger of the dogmas on which the European Union was built. Sometimes, European leaders have repeated our words. But the reality is that the Union European Union remains addicted to free trade, austerity and the commodification of everything. It must be weaned off,” Manon Aubry told 20 minutes.

“The energy market has caused our electricity bills to explode. Budgetary austerity has suffocated our public hospital. But no lesson has been learned,” she added, expressing indignation at the “worst austerity crisis” which is looming due to new European rules.

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