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I spent the evening yesterday pasting up election posters for the Green candidate, Yannick Jadot. Tribal duty.

During the electoral pre-season, I had campaigned a bit for the Primaire Populaire, a citizen's initiative to attempt to designate a single candidate from the left. Given the terrible state of the French left, its fragmentation after the implosion of the PS, and the polarising function of the presidential election itself, it would (will) be disastrous for the left to be absent from the second round. A second presidential election in a row in which the final choice is between the extreme right and the liberal-capital right is staring us in the face.

The Primaire Populaire designated Christiane Taubira, one of the very few people to emerge with any credit from François Hollande's presidency. She was an excellent candidate in her own right, and acceptable to everyone on the left; but none of the other candidates stood aside for her; she peaked at 5% in the polls after her designation, and didn't get enough signatures to be candidate. This week she announced her support for Mélenchon, as she should.

I remain perplexed as to why the Greens have failed to become the mainstream party of the left, to replace the brain-dead Parti Socialiste. I think it's something to do with the French hatred of perceived virtue signaling.

Sandrine Rousseau, eco-feminist, would have been a better candidate than Jadot - she narrowly lost the Green primary, 49-51. Perhaps she would have achieved the breakthrough that Jadot, so serious and electable, has failed to produce. She might have mobilized many of those millions of young, modern French electors who see no reason to dirty their hands by voting.

The official campaign ended at midnight last night : no campaign material can be published, delivered or pasted past midnight. For the poster-pasters, this produces a ritual where the activists of the various candidates are out in the streets pasting over each other, but at 23:55 each team will stake out one particular official poster site, in order to paste at 23:59 and then hang around to prevent another team from (illegally) pasting over them. With my partner, we accomplished this (pasting over Mélenchon) at the site opposite our district's biggest supermarket; then we drove around the block to check on a couple of other sites; then came back to check ar 0:15 to find that we had been pasted over by Péceresse. Unwilling to break the law by pasting over her, we were able to peel her fresh, wet posters off, revealing Jadot.

In the final analysis, Mélenchon will finish third, and Jadot a distant sixth (but second among the candidates of the left).

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sat Apr 9th, 2022 at 03:57:41 PM EST

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