Several candidates of the New People’s Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) in the legislative elections in Paris denounced, on Tuesday, difficulties during registration under the political nuance Nupes. Some deplore a desire to “erasure” the left bloc on the evening of the results. Monday, on the first day of submitting applications to the prefecture, the leader of La France insoumise Jean-Luc Mélenchon had already alerted to the problem. “We find out that the Ministry of the Interior refuses to register the ‘New People’s Union’ for declarations of candidacy. Is erasing opponents from the scoreboard still democracy? he asked on Twitter.

Critics focus on the Home Office’s new political color chart for the June 12-19 elections. According to a ministry circular dated May 16, “A Shade Together! (presidential majority) is created in place of La République en Marche (henceforth entitled Renaissance), of the Democratic Movement, and including all the allied political formations”. But the New Popular Ecological and Social Union nuance, resulting from the agreement between LFI, the PS, the Greens of EELV and the PCF, was not created. Because it “brings together candidates invested independently by the parties associated with this agreement”, which “tends to demonstrate the desire for these candidates to remain attached to their party of origin”, explains the circular. “These parties present themselves independently, as evidenced in particular by the associations declared under public aid and the audiovisual campaign,” she adds.

“It is extremely worrying, we dispute the circular of the Ministry of the Interior”, denounced Tuesday Julien Bayou, national secretary of EELV and candidate in Paris, during a presentation to the press of all the candidates of the Nupes in the capital. He sees it as a “perfectly scandalous maneuver”, aimed “to deceive the rendering of the result of the first round”, since it is this political nuance that is used to analyze the results.

Letters will be sent to the ministry, and a summary is envisaged, he added. “They are trying to lower our score by presenting us as divided,” confirmed Aminaté Niakaté, Nupes-EELV candidate, just returning from the prefecture, confirming that she had not been able to register under the Nupes nuance. “They are trying to erase us even in the texts”, also denounced Sophia Chikirou, Nupes-LFI candidate, specifying that difficulties had been noted in particular in Ariège and in the Rhône.

We discover that the Ministry of the Interior refuses to register the “New People’s Union” for declarations of candidacy. Is erasing your opponents from the scoreboard still democracy?