To say that Fabien Roussel’s repeated outings since the start of the week have caused a lot of ink to flow in the general and specialized press is an understatement. This is because he, who usually calls for demonstrations at most, has this time invited the French to express their anger against galloping inflation in a much more vehement way, a position which is far from unanimous, even within NUPES.
Fabien Roussel, the new leader of the yellow vests?
In a first interview he gave to l’Humanité published last Wednesday, he already called on the French to take over the prefectures. The next day, he persisted and signed on the microphone of France Info and urges the State to put in place “concrete measures”, and in particular to “block prices” in order to “return purchasing power to the French”. This time, he invites the citizens of France to invade supermarkets but also and above all gas stations. Enough to revive the memory of the yellow vests of which the national secretary of the Communist Party presents himself today as the main leader.
“It’s like self-defense,” he explained to our colleagues at France Info to justify his radical action proposal. “We are being attacked, extorted, robbed and we should not say anything”, he found it fair to add, specifying that “45% of inflation is caused by the agro-food industry among others, petrochemicals also who are seeing their margins increase like never before.” There is no doubt that the main targets should not take long to react on their side.
Contrasted reactions on the left
In the meantime, Fabien Roussel’s comments were received more or less favorably. His most fervent opponent at the moment, and we didn’t necessarily expect it, is Jean-Luc Mélenchon. In a tweet published just a few hours after the interview that the PCF secretary gave, the France Insoumise leader criticizes a “violent” and “purely personal” initiative which “has not been discussed anywhere, not even at the PCF” .
Surprisingly, because she is affiliated with the same party as Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Clémentine Autain decided to put forward a different position and said she “shares the anger” of Fabien Roussel. “How can we make ourselves heard since it does not hear the street (the government, editor’s note), it does not hear the unions and it does not hear the parliamentarians,” she exclaimed this morning in the face of Apolline de Malherbe on BFMTV.
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To sum up
Exasperated by inflation, the national secretary of the Communist Party invited the French to “take up arms”, as they put it, against the government. A position that caused many political figures to react.
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