Opposed to the agreement between PS, LFI, EELV and PCF, the socialist mayor of Le Mans wants to “create a new federation of the left” and distances himself from the socialists. In an interview with the newspaper Le Maine Libre to be published on Monday, Stéphane le Foll indicates that he will gather on July 16 in Arnage (Sarthe) several figures of the PS, such as the former Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve or the president of the Occitanie region Carole Delga, both opposed like him to the New Popular Ecological and Social Union.

“It’s about starting to work on a new left, in its organization, its program which brings together social democrats, reformist ecologists, republicans who are attached to universalism”, explains the former minister, who also calls for to reflect on the RN vote within the popular and rural strata, and to have “a new approach, a new left”.

He supported in his department the dissident candidates for Nupes, who were all beaten in the legislative elections. “My position was firm from the start. It is not because the wind was favorable through Nupes that I was going to change the ideas that I have been defending for years, “he explained, tackling Boris Vallaud, the new president of the PS group. in the National Assembly.

“Today, he is for retirement at 60 for everyone, whereas the debates we had at the time (when he was deputy secretary general at the Élysée, under François Hollande, editor’s note), it was retirement at 60 for long careers and finding balance. He writes off everything he has done for years,” says Stéphane Le Foll.

The former minister, who has been very much opposed to the current leadership of the PS, specifies that he will not be a candidate for the head of the party at the next PS congress in the fall. “The motions, the congressional debates in the party as it is today, it’s over, I leave that to others. It is now necessary to speak directly to the French men and women, ”he concludes.