Former French minister launches candidacy with the desire to unite the left against Macron

The former French Minister of Justice, Christiane Taubira, officially declared herself this Saturday as a candidate for the presidential elections in April, with the ambitious goal of uniting a highly fragmented left, where there are already other candidates to dethrone Emmanuel Macron.

Taubira, 69, assured this Saturday in Lyon (central France) that he wants to respond to “anger” and “social injustices” and defend a government “that knows how to dialogue instead of making morals.”

“And we will do it together, because we are capable,” said Taubira, born in the South American territory of French Guiana.

The one who was minister of the former socialist president François Hollande, is running as a candidate within a citizen initiative that wants to achieve a single left-wing candidate and for this she has called a primaries at the end of January.

But the reality is that at this moment, three months before the first round of the presidential elections in France, the left already has six candidates and although none exceeds 10% of the voting intentions, they have not shown signs of wanting to join this Taubira’s initiative to achieve a single candidate who will give them the necessary strength.

Among the candidates from the left are the socialist Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, the leader of France Insumisa (radical left), Jean-Luc Melenchon or the environmentalist Yannick Jadot.

According to his relatives, Taubira, who was already a candidate in the 2002 presidential elections, in which he obtained 2.3% of the vote, continues to arouse “fervor” among left-wing voters, disillusioned after Macron’s victory in 2017 and the collapse of the traditional parties.

Macron has not yet officially declared himself a candidate, but the polls predict that he would win the first round against the far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen, closely followed by the right-wing candidate, Valérie Pécresse.

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