For supporters of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the impossibility of voting for Emmanuel Macron

Jean-Luc Mélenchon repeated it four times on the evening of the presidential election results: “We may The pencil ! » If he has not called for Emmanuel Macron to be elected, the vehemence of his call has given credence to the idea of ​​a fight vote against the far-right candidate. A form of inflection compared to 2017 when the wording was more ambiguous. From now on, a consultation with still vague contours must be organized among the approximately 310,000 people who supported his candidacy. As in 2017, they should be offered three options: abstain, vote blank, vote for Emmanuel Macron. The polls are already showing a possible spread of votes from the left between Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen and abstentions.

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According to FIFG projections for Paris match and Sud Radio, published on Monday 11 April, 39% of Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s voters on the first ballot would be willing to vote for the outgoing President on the second ballot, but 41% would prefer blank or to vote void or to abstain from voting. They would finally have 20% to put a Le Pen ballot in the ballot box. The shares are similar among the voters of the ecologist Yannick Jadot, who called on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. “to block the extreme right by putting an Emmanuel Macron ballot in the ballot box on April 24”a clear directive that does not prevent its constituency from dispersing.

“I can’t give a dismissal right now”

The only left candidate to publicly accept a white vote on April 24 is Nathalie Arthaud. “Workers don’t have to support their future oppressor with their votes,” she wrote in a statement. Around Jean-Luc Mélenchon, many of them also advocate this. Free of their word, personalities who have joined it in recent months have made their choice. And the Macron vote meets with deep rejection. The writer Annie Ernaux, for example, keeps up in an interview Liberation: “I don’t need to tell you that I will never vote for Marine Le Pen, I will always fight her. But today, the day after the first ballot, I don’t want to say that I will vote for Macron. It is necessary to interrogate him during these fifteen days, demanding answers and commitments. I cannot give discharge to Macron there immediately, that is not possible. »

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Director Xavier Beauvois, also a member of the People’s Union Parliament, burned his voter card on the evening of the results, according to a video posted on his Twitter account. Novelist Pierre Lemaître writes on the same platform: “I hope that those who chose not to block the far right in the first round will not teach us any moral lessons in the second round. » The former head of Sud Radio and ex-“yellow vest” Didier Maïsto reacted on Sunday evening on web TV QG le Média Libre: “I will not vote for the extreme right, I will not vote for Mr Macron, under any circumstances. » He reasoned: “I’ve never seen such oppression, such contempt. » Among the elected officials of La France insoumise, the phrase is different, but campaigning for Emmanuel Macron’s vote is out of the question. As the MP for Seine-Saint-Denis, Eric Coquerel, summarized: “It’s up to him to convince the French. »

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