Contested and forced
His relatives say he has been dejected since he consented, without enthusiasm – “It is a heartbreaking choice that has been posed to all of us, collectively” – to withdraw from the second round of regional elections in PACA. But the parties of the leftist union PS-EELV-PCF, of which he was the leader, did not give him a choice. Félizia finally lined up behind Renaud Muselier (LR) to block the National Rally led by Thierry Mariani (RN). Making the left bear historic responsibility in the event of a victory for the far right was too much pressure.
In green and against all
He held out ten hours after the results of the first round. Ten hours during which, ignoring the threats of exclusion from his own party, EELV, he tried to explain, to justify a triangular, that he did not want to make the left disappear in the first round and prematurely abandon his region in the hands of the right. Already in 2015, Christophe Castaner (then socialist) had given up in order to avoid a victory for Marion Maréchal-Le Pen (then FN). Félizia embodies the ambiguities of a current practice of a republican front which disappoints a part of the left, tired that it does not necessarily push back the RN.
At 52, Jean-Laurent Félizia is not a political professional. After a stint at the PS, he became a member of the Greens in 2009 and claims to be a left-wing environmentalist. An active activist, he made himself known in 2017, by energetically carrying, as a specialist in the Mediterranean ecosystem, his petition to defend the coastal law, which will bring together 360,000 signatures. But the costume of the only candidate of the left in PACA seemed a little too big for him. A pragmatic ecologist, follower of meditation, he appeared uncomfortable, and rather transparent, during the regional campaign.
Félizia has “traveled” a lot between the Var, his department of heart, and the Bouches-du-Rhône, where he was born. He was an agricultural engineer, professor of landscapes in Belfort, then head gardener of the Domaine du Rayol, in Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer, in the Var. He then became a landscape designer and nurseryman in Le Lavandou – where he is a municipal councilor – at the head of a small business. Since 2014, its teams have managed the Migrations Garden of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MuCEM), in Marseille. Since withdrawing his list, he has not commented on his political future.