The New Popular Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) is fine-tuning the operation of its intergroup in the National Assembly. Its leaders hope that the alliance born for the legislative elections will last until 2027.
The single group in the National Assembly called for by Jean-Luc Mélenchon will not see the light of day, but the Nupes intergroup is well on the way. Determined to prove that their alliance was not just an electoral agreement, La France insoumise (LFI), the Socialist Party (PS), Europe Écologie-Les Verts (EELV) and the Communist Party (PCF) are fine-tuning the operation of their future intergroup. A parliamentary oddity, it should enable the four member parties of the New People’s Ecological and Social Union to work together in Parliament, to agree on their strategy and, above all, to maintain the momentum of union born during the campaign. legislative ones.
“We are going to have an intergroup which will not just be a place of coordination, but a real political place, explains LFI deputy Éric Coquerel. In the previous legislature, we tried to have ad hoc agreements, but we did not work together. There, the intergroup will allow us to meet on a weekly basis to have common positions on all the work of the Assembly. This is a real change.”
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A political objective shared by Corinne Narassiguin, number 2 of the Socialist Party. “Contrary to what we have heard, no, the Nupes has not exploded, it still exists, she says. The Socialists have always made it clear that this union was not a tactical choice for a few weeks only, she continues. We have assumed a strong political choice which consists in breaking with the fragmentation of the left. It is not to contradict ourselves with the voters now that the elections have passed.
The four formations will therefore continue the adventure within their intergroup, but will keep their own autonomy at the same time. If the rebels preferred to form a single group in order to show clearly and without possibility of being contradicted that the left is the most numerous opposition group before that of the National Rally, socialists, ecologists and communists judged that it was preferable not to deprive ourselves of what the presence of four left-wing groups offers: more right of “draw” to create commissions of inquiry, more speaking time and more means.
A role that remains to be defined for Jean-Luc Mélenchon
“It is our differences that strengthen the union, hence the existence of different groups, explains Corinne Narassiguin. Because in addition to the advantages that this offers us in terms of functioning, the existence of four groups will allow us to continue working on our ideas and projects.”
The Nupes thus hopes to weigh within a National Assembly whose role should be considerably reinforced in the weeks and months to come because of the unprecedented political situation resulting from the legislative elections. It intends to keep its common program as the basis for its legislative work. Smic at 1,500 euros, retirement at 60, price freezes: all these measures will be brought in the form of bills.
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But the Nupes also intends to continue to exist beyond parliamentary work, even if the question of the form that this will take has not yet been decided. Jean-Luc Mélenchon mentions in L’Express the creation of a “federation” of left-wing parties, but his allies are not really in favor of it.
“The idea is to continue to bring the Nupes Parliament created for the campaign to life, says Éric Coquerel. We can imagine a body that would mix the intergroup with a parliamentary facilitation team. Jean-Luc Mélenchon could have a major role. But all that remains to be defined.”
Bringing the union to life to achieve a joint candidacy in 2027
What is certain, however, is that there will be frank discussions. The national secretary of EELV evokes with AFP the need to “discuss behind closed doors, and also in public” the strategy of Nupes.
Same thing for the national secretary of the PCF, Fabien Roussel, for whom “we will have to say frankly what did not work”. “I want us to win, I have no vocation to stay in the opposition,” he told AFP, two days after considering on France 3 that “the left alliance only speaks to a part of France, that of the cities and not that of the countryside”.
An opinion shared by the rebellious deputy François Ruffin. “We must not become the left of the metropolises against the right and the extreme right of the towns and fields, which we would leave to them”, he affirms, Wednesday June 22, in an interview with Le Monde.
“The main objective of Nupes is to structure this alliance so that it can allow us to regain power in 2027, judge Corinne Narassiguin. The major question will be how we make sure we don’t start again not the same mistakes as between 2017 and 2022 to reach a joint candidacy for the next presidential election in 2027. We are well aware that it will be very difficult. When we talk about power issues, there are always old reflexes that come back. There will be hiccups, mistakes, from time to time it won’t go well, but that’s normal, it’s a unique experience. Our luck is that the next election won’t is not before two years, that leaves us time to develop a mode of operation.
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What will Nupes do in the 2024 European elections? The four parties will not leave a priori united. Firstly because of the type of ballot, fully proportional, which will allow everyone to have elected representatives, but also in order to express their differences on Europe, a divisive subject within the coalition. On the other hand, alliances on a case-by-case basis, depending on local dynamics, should be able to be put in place for municipal elections in 2026.
It will then remain, if the Nupes persists until then, to find a way to choose a single candidate for 2027, knowing that each left-wing party will naturally want to see one of its own appointed. A question that no one has an answer to today. And for good reason, the urgency of the Nupes, this week, is first to agree on who will be its candidate for the presidency of the finance committee of the National Assembly. A first test for the future of the union.