It is now official. Former socialist minister, Arnaud Montebourg declared himself a candidate for the presidency of the Republic on Saturday for the election next April. From his hometown of Clamecy (Nièvre), he promised the French a “remount” between 2022 and 2027.
“It is for this difficult but magnificent, daring but necessary task, and for this task alone, that I have decided to present today to the French my candidacy for the presidency of the Republic”, proclaimed the entrepreneur of 58 years in front of several hundred supporters gathered in the town hall of the town.
An industrial, democratic and ecological “comeback”
Despite the lack of support from a party, Arnaud Montebourg confided “to feel the legitimacy to bring to power” the “ideas, fights and projects carried in the past” and today become, according to him, “the center of the gravity of the convictions of the French ”, such as the fight against neoliberal globalization, reindustrialisation or even the Sixth Republic.
The unsuccessful candidate for the socialist primaries of 2012 and 2017 explained the slogan he gave to his campaign, the “remountada of France” – the Spanish word for the ascent. He declined this rise “in five years, from 2022 to 2027”, in several axes: industrial reconstruction, rise in wages, 6th Republic, “France without oil” in 20 years, “republican severity” or even “return to the land. “.
Occupy an “empty space” by making “a synthesis between the right and the left”
Asked a few days ago by 20 minutes, his entourage assured that the former member of the PS did not intend to apply for a testimony, and wanted to occupy an “empty space” between a Jean-Luc Mélenchon “who stagnates in the polls” and an Anne Hidalgo judged without a program, including “The policy is closer to that of Emmanuel Macron than to that of the socialists”.
Its political line will constitute “a synthesis between the right and the left, which transcends the divisions and focuses on a French popular bloc concentrating the forgotten of globalization, the disadvantaged classes and the professions which no longer have the means to live in dignity” , confided to us one of his relatives.