“It is not at all on the agenda that we participate in such a government”, assured Monday the boss of the PCF Fabien Roussel, clarifying his position while criticism is multiplying on the left on his strategy of demarcation vis-à-vis -a-vis the Nupes.

“I clearly told the President of the Republic and I have not stopped repeating it for two days that when Communists enter a government, it is to defend the interests of the world of work, employees, workers, the industry, our public services”, explained on Cnews the deputy from the North.

“We cannot take part in a government which maintains the logic of continuing to defend the interests of a minority, the class of the rich, by refusing to introduce the wealth tax, by refusing to increase wages and pensions and even participate in a government that would consider extending the retirement age,” he said.

“It is not at all on the agenda for us to participate in such a government. On the other hand, we will do everything to ensure that there are measures taken immediately for the purchasing power of French, we want things to move forward, we don’t want to block”, continued Mr. Roussel.

“I am not elected to live in opposition, I am elected to make proposals, so that things move forward, so that France can have happy days, we can still touch it with our fingers”, he insisted. .

Again on Sunday, on LCI, Fabien Roussel was more ambiguous: “I don’t want to say no because I want it to move forward. And at the same time, I can see that the march is high. But you have to have this ambition there, for our country, for our people,” he said.

This earned him criticism on Monday from Mathilde Panot, president of the LFI group in the Assembly, estimating on France 2 that Mr. Roussel “expresses himself in his own name because it is not the position of the communist group in the ‘National Assembly”.

“I don’t really understand what Fabien Roussel is saying,” LFI MP Clémentine Autain also criticized him on Sunday on BFMTV.

“For the communists, there is no question of government participation”, assured in L’Humanité the boss of the PCF group in the Assembly André Chassaigne, who specifies that the group will ultimately be strong with 22 members with the reinforcement of overseas deputies (against 16 previously).

06/27/2022 18:24:39 –         Paris (AFP) –         © 2022 AFP