François Hollande announced Friday in an interview with the newspaper La Montagne that he would not be a candidate in the legislative elections in his stronghold of Tulle, believing that he had “no vocation” to become a deputy again.

“I exercised for more than 20 years the mandate of deputy of Corrèze before becoming president of the Republic so I had no vocation to return there, except in exceptional circumstances”, he indicates in this interview, to a few hours before the deadline for submitting applications.

Specifying this “exceptional circumstance”, Mr. Hollande indicates: “if the Socialist Party after the presidential election had decided to rebuild itself and to call to reappear at the time of the legislative elections with personalities who had exercised power. He decided not not to merge but to merge into an unbalanced agreement on the electoral level and not credible on the programmatic level”.

“If links (l)’ unite Corrèze”, François Hollande affirms that he therefore had no “reason to be a candidate”, thus sweeping away a hypothesis which had recently emerged.

In this first constituency of Corrèze, where the New Left Alliance bringing together LFI, PS, PCF and EELV, (La Nupes), presents an LFI candidate, the ex-president will support a pair of the “progressive left” Annick Taysse-Philippe Brugere.

“Their candidacy corresponds in this constituency to the aspiration which is mine, that of rebuilding a socialist, progressive left, capable of representing a credible alternative to the current power between the far right and a radicalism which does not allow convincing”.

“Today having experience as President of the Republic, my mission is to rebuild the socialist left and to rebuild a great political formation such as I myself inherited it and such that I must restore it to future generations. “, adds Mr. Holland.

“There is a need for this great political formation. I will get down to it, myself and others in the light of the results of the elections”, he promises, considering that the Nupes “does not represent a solution” and that his “maximalist program does not allow him to be in the majority”.

For the former head of state, “other sensitivities must be expressed during this election. They will be the foundation on which we can rebuild”.

20/05/2022 20:50:16 – Bordeaux (AFP) – © 2022 AFP