Jean-Luc Mélenchon announced on Sunday that the Smic would finally increase to 1,500 euros net, to take inflation into account, in the event of the success of the New Popular, Ecologist and Social Union (Nupes) in the next legislative elections.

Since May 1, the monthly minimum wage has been 1,645.58 euros gross, or 1,302.64 euros net.

The LFI program, the Future in common, had until then provided for a minimum wage of 1,400 euros net, but, answering on France 3 to a question on this proposal rendered “obsolete” by the effects of inflation, the former candidate in the presidential election and “candidate” for the post of Prime Minister, announced an adjustment.

“So I am announcing to you today that the 15% increase will be observed in relation to the price level,” he continued.

“Since the Smic is now at 1,300 euros due to inflation, we will increase it to 1,500 euros net per month,” he then tweeted.

“There will be a compulsory salary conference by branch as soon as I am elected Prime Minister”, repeated the LFI deputy from Bouches-du-Rhône, who is not standing for legislative elections.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon also returned to the case of Taha Bouhafs, the controversial militant journalist who finally withdrew his candidacy in the constituency of Vénissieux (Rhône) after being warned of the opening of an internal investigation for accusations of violence. sexual.

“I would like to underline the odious nature of the racist campaign against Taha Bouhafs (even before these accusations) and that will remain because that is when Fabien Roussel intervened”, underlined Mr. Mélenchon.

“Personally I remain in shock to have seen a political leader of our family intervene in the midst of a racist campaign to attack someone,” he added.

He distinguished this point “from the question posed by gender-based and sexual violence that our commission decided” in “five days”, since “in our time, the voice of women is a priority and it is they who we believe in. ‘on board”.

La France insoumise announced on Wednesday that it had opened an internal investigation after accusations of sexual violence against Taha Bouhafs.

LFI deputy for Seine-Saint-Denis Clémentine Autain denounced on BFMTV a “desire to harm our New People’s Ecological and Social Union” when “we acted in three days and we are beyond reproach” in this case.

She criticized the “double standards” compared to “other political formations which validate the candidacies of people who are implicated”.

She notably cited Eric Zemmour (Reconquest), with “eight women who testified for sexist and sexual violence against him”, LREM deputy Yves Blein, candidate in the same constituency as Taha Bouhafs, implicated for sexual harassment, and Jérôme Peyrat, invested by LREM, who was convicted of domestic violence.

In the same way, the number 2 of LFI Adrien Quatennens castigated, in the Grand Rendez-vous Cnews-Les Echos-Europe 1, the “caricatures” relayed, according to him, by part of the press to discredit Nupes and Jean- Luc Mélenchon, who hopes to get enough votes to be “Prime Minister”.

According to pollster projections, Nupes would obtain between 135 and 165 seats in the national assembly, against 310 to 350 for the presidential majority.

05/15/2022 18:04:06 –         Paris (AFP) –         © 2022 AFP