French politics

Chèvenement gives up

First breaking news of the French presidential campaign: Jean-Pierre Chevènement announced, the last Wednesday, his withdrawal of the race. The MRC former president should give his support to François Hollande or Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the next days. .

Former minister of Interior in the Lionel Jospin Government from 1997 to 2000, member of the Socialist Party for more twenty years, Chevènement quitted it in 1993 to protest against the Maastricht Treaty establishing the European Union and found his own party. In 2002, he runs for the Presidency against Lionel Jospin, introducing himself as an authentic republican. After the first round, he got 5.3% of the polls which was enough put Lionel Jospin aside and prevent him to access to the run-off.

Since this election, Jean-Pierre Chevènement has not a good reputation within the Socialist Party, most of the activists considering him as the real responsible for the Jospin’s failure. Nonetheless his political breakthrough did not last and the MRC remained a marginalized party, preferring making a political deal with the French socialists to ensure his political survival.

It was on the behalf of the future of his party that Jean-Pierre Chevènement decided to run in 2007 before giving his support to Ségolène Royal and conclude another deal with the socialists in the framework of the legislatives. In 2012, he wanted to “move the lines” but had to be realistic. Indeed, with no support and funds, with very low polls, Chevènement was clearly aware that he could not challenge François Hollande, what Jean-Luc Mélenchon can still do it potentially.

The Che gives up and the main remaining issue is to know if he is going to back François Hollande or Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Everything depends on the deal the two leaders are going to propose to the ex-MRC president for the coming legislatives elections, to my mind.