For more than two hours, the rebellious presidential candidate answered questions from BFMTV journalists. Here are his main statements.
For more than two hours, Jean-Luc Mélenchon was “against BFM”. Purchasing power, nuclear power, the fight against Covid-19 … The rebellious presidential candidate answered questions from our journalists on multiple subjects. Here are his main statements.
• The health pass gives “an illusion of security”
The candidate refused to speak out for or against the health pass, which the government has announced to strengthen to fight against the fifth wave. “It’s binary,” he replied. For the deputy of Bouches-du-Rhône, the device gives’ “an illusion of security” in the face of Covid-19:
“People think that because they have the pass, it’s over. No need for a mask, no need for gel, no need for barrier gestures.”
The rebellious candidate has instead advocated a staggering of working hours or the establishment of a rotation of students at school to limit mixing, the installation of “air cleaners”, or a moratorium on closure hospital beds.
He also reiterated his demand to restore free testing for the unvaccinated. “Everyone must be able to be tested before the end of the year holidays”, he said, considering that it was “an emergency measure”.
• A call to “help” migrants “to cross” the Channel
Asked about the fate of migrants in the Channel, the day after the sinking of a boat which left 27 dead off Calais, Jean-Luc Mélenchon advocated the establishment of a “humanitarian corridor” between France and the England, with an organized transport system.
“We will help people to cross,” said the candidate, proposing the establishment of “ferries” to help migrants reach England. “We are not intended to be the gatekeepers of England,” he said indignantly, denouncing the Touquet agreements which place the border between the two countries on the side of France.
• The minimum wage of 1400 euros, “it’s worth them”
To improve the purchasing power of modest French people, Jean-Luc Mélenchon defended his proposal to increase the minimum wage to 1,400 euros. “It costs a little more, but it’s worth it!”, He justified himself in front of our economic journalist Emmanuel Lechypre.
The one who defends a more equitable distribution of wealth explained that he wanted, on the contrary, to impose more on those who are paid more than 4000 euros. He promised that he would “restore the wealth tax and make it more progressive” if elected in 2022, so that instead of bringing in three billion, he brings back eight. “” Yes , it’s a break “, he admitted, but” to survive is not a life! “.
• On nuclear power, “the French have the right to vote”
The leader of rebellious France supported the idea of a referendum on nuclear power, deploring that “we never asked the French for their opinion”. “The French have the right to vote!” he continued. “If the assembly asks for it”, the candidate would not oppose it.
For his part, he explained that he wanted to put an end to nuclear power in 2045 because of its potential danger. And to quote the catastrophes of Chernobyl and Fukushima. “If we have a problem at the Gravelines plant, we must evacuate Calais and Dunkirk,” said Jean-Luc Mélenchon, regretting the presence of 58 nuclear reactors in France.
• “Excited” to see how Muslims are treated
The rebellious presidential candidate said he was “outraged to see how Muslims are treated in our country in all forums.” He preferred to recall their actions during French history. “The Muslims of France have never failed in France, neither in Monte Cassino, nor in the landing of Provence”, he detailed.
Before promoting “living together” in the face of “hatred and stigma.” For the candidate, “what will harm France the most is religious hatred”.
• Eric Zemmour “behaves like an anti-Semite”
“Is Eric Zemmour an anti-Semite?” “Who am I to judge this?” began by answering Jean-Luc Mélenchon, confronted with this question. Before adding: “what I can say is that he behaves like an anti-Semite”, recalling that the polemicist has already been condemned for “inciting racial hatred”.
“Pardon me, but to say that Pétain, traitor to the fatherland, protected the Jews, that is a fairly traditional anti-Semitic discourse that does not take into account the reality of the mass murder that was for example the roundup of Vel d’Hiv ‘”, he developed.
And the candidate to bring together those who think that “Jews cannot be truly French citizens” with those who believe that “Muslims cannot be truly French citizens.”
• “Stunned” by the accusations targeting Nicolas Hulot
Caresses or kisses by surprise, attempted forced fellatio: three women testify against Nicolas Hulot for facts which would have taken place between 1989 and 2001, prescribed, in a report broadcast Thursday evening by Special Envoy, accusations that the environmental activist formally denies.
Asked about this, Jean-Luc Mélenchon repeated his astonishment at the potential actions of this “well-made head”. “When I see all this, I don’t know what to think about it, I’m flabbergasted,” he says.
More generally, the member for Bouches-du-Rhône mentioned the #MeToo movement which has brought out multiple testimonies from women victims of sexual violence. “We knew that … but we did not know on such a scale,” he admitted, stressing that “this movement freed the floor and made it possible to understand what was happening.” He learned a first lesson: “We men have questions to ask ourselves about the way in which we bring up our sons.”
And to point out a second observation: “The justice did not do its job, the police did not do its job”, recalling the number of feminicides committed despite their filing of complaint. Asks him “a billion” to remedy these flaws.