Christiane Taubira, the end of the suspense for the presidential election

Christiane Taubira during her visit to the Montaut methanisation plant (Ariège), on January 6. ULRICH LEBEUF / MYOP FOR “THE WORLD”

When Christian Paul is asked if it is not an irrepressible ego guided by a strong messianic temperament which finally pushes Christiane Taubira to be added to the long list of left-wing candidates for the presidential election, the former socialist, rallied to the national ambition of Guyanese, shakes her head very strongly: ” But not at all. She didn’t come down from heaven to cure scrofula. »

For Christian Paul, who is not a political oddball, but a reasoned and methodical former deputy (1997-2017), the key to understanding is much simpler. “His decision owes nothing to chance. After two years of Covid-19 and five years of macronism, the French are tired. Christiane Taubira can be the antidote to this demoralization. » Mr. Paul has refined his analyzes of the destructuring of the left, his projections on “a Taubira moment” and his plans for a revolutionary prototype of conquest.

Before going into details, he invites us to climb the heights of Lyon to attend a historic moment, Saturday January 15, on the hill of Croix-Rousse, a symbolic place for the revolts of the canuts of the 19th century.e century, repressed for having demanded worker autonomy, an anti-slavery rebellion to boot. Christiane Taubira will speak. The moment should be brief, but lyrical. Christiane Taubira, an outstanding speaker, often says very poetic things, but sometimes it’s not very clear. In Lyon she had to declare bluntly that she is a candidate for the Elysee Palace, a necessary prerequisite to be able to submit to the designation of the popular primary.

“Aspiration for union”

Because Christiane Taubira, inserted in no party, wants to rely on the legitimization of this citizen movement which claims more than 300,000 subscribers and organizes a vote at the end of January to decide between the left-wing candidates, with or without their permission. This “radical democratic innovation”, of which she is the favourite, is the basis of Christian Paul’s plan. It all starts from there. “This way of entering the campaign, this aspiration to union, despite the parties, is the prerequisite for a different political identity that can recompose the left”, he says. Everything must start from this still somewhat obscure political object, from which the great light of victory will emerge.

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A primary, in a known form, which allowed Valérie Pécresse, winner of that of the Les Républicains party, to double her score in the polls. So, once the popular primary has been won, Mme Taubira, “who has an unusual personality, a different style, a different way of looking at the country and a different capacity for dialogue”, according to Mr. Paul, will benefit “of a movement of opinion important enough to create a desire for union and sweep away the last resistance”. Those of left-wing parties reputed to be stunted, ragged, reduced to a single capacity for nuisance by dissuading their militants from voting in the so-called primary.

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