Arnaud Montebourg has invited us to a curious tango in recent days. A step forward with a grandstand at the World, on June 6, in which he addresses the left to suggest that they constitute a “New popular block” in the perspective of 2022. A step back the next day, in The Parisian, where he suggests that he is not a candidate “In the current state”. Thursday, June 10, new progress on France Inter: the former minister of productive recovery of François Hollande explains that he is “Available”, that he “Wants to influence events”, he “Is not a candidate because there are too many candidates” but that “That can change”. What make his supporters dizzy.
The ridge line that the entrepreneur has taken is narrow. Arnaud Montebourg launched in November 2020 in a kind of pre-campaign, first by publishing a book of reflection on the state of the country and on his own government experience – The Commitment (Grasset) -, then by linking up interviews and field trips in order to advocate a gathering that transcends dividing lines. A kind of republic “From both shores” inspired by the one that Jean-Pierre Chevènement called for at one time. But, after sowing doubt on his positioning, he had to take a forced break, infected with a rifled Covid-19.
He returns again after a long silence, convinced to carry a singular voice. The boss of the Bleu Blanc Ruche brand wants to exist in the national political debate with the themes that are dear to him – democratic overhaul, sovereignty and globalization – but without declaring himself a candidate, aware that, in the fragmented landscape of the current left, he does not has no space. In the staffs, many deduced that he was giving up on getting started. But it was to forget the nuance made at the turn of his denials of candidacy: “In the current state”, does he keep repeating.
Because the defender of “made in France” is convinced that the sluggish situation of the left after a long confinement could change. Anne Hidalgo stagnates in the polls around 6%, even if she continues to say her ” desire “, and the friends of Montebourg are convinced that the mayor of Paris will not launch into the presidential race. The primary of environmentalists, scheduled for September, promises to be difficult for Yannick Jadot.
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