Faced with Anne-Sophie Lapix on France 2 Monday evening, Jean-Luc Mélenchon had some challenging words. The leader of the New People’s, Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) called on the voters of the National Rally to vote for the left-wing coalition in the second round of legislative elections, but he named them in a way that is not gone unnoticed.
“If there are fascists who are not too angry, it is better that they vote for us rather than staying at home or voting for Marine Le Pen. It is useless”, launched Jean-Luc Mélenchon, to whom Anne-Sophie Lapix asked where the Nupes would find additional votes for the second round.
Christophe Castaner (LREM) was one of the first to react to the words of the Insoumis, lambasting on Twitter a “assumed rapprochement with the far right”. Roselyne Bachelot was quick to also speak on the subject, on LCI: “After summoning everyone to fight the National Rally, he himself gives himself the right to appeal to RN voters by treating them of fachos. They will appreciate the calls of the foot of Mr. Mélenchon “.
In view of the controversy generated by his words, Jean-Luc Mélenchon posted an explanation on Twitter on Tuesday. “It was a slip. Sorry. I was appealing to the angry not fascists. Not the other way around. ‘Current values’ and a few others are therefore not concerned”, wrote the leader of Nupes. His camp agreed with him, recalling that Mélenchon has already used the expression “angry not fachos” in the past. “Everyone knows this sentence by Jean-Luc Mélenchon”, declared this Tuesday on France Info Adrien Quatennens, the coordinator of La France insoumise, “He just reversed in the sentence” the two words.