Former French Prime Minister and founder of the “La Convention” party Bernard Cazeneuve welcomes the end of his speech during the party’s first public meeting in Créteil, near Paris, on June 10, 2023. BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP
STORY – The former prime minister sees “not a dead end but a boulevard” for the anti-Nupes left.
We left Bernard Cazeneuve one evening at the end of summer 2020 at the edge of a football field in Frangy-en-Bresse, the traditional place of the Saône-et-Loire Rose Festival. “The left needs ambition, it does not need additional ambitions”, launched the former prime minister at the time. Polite way to close the door to a candidacy in 2022 and slip out of the spotlight of political life.
Almost three years, and a presidential election later, Bernard Cazeneuve is back alone on stage at the Palais des sports in Créteil, where he brings together his new movement La Convention and claims 2000 people in the room. Not insignificant for a left-wing rally in 2023. If he did not want to get on the train of the last presidential election, Cazeneuve does not already exclude anything for that of 2027. “You can count on my determination in everything” he promised, taking care not to mention the queen of the elections.
Don’t want to skip the steps
While many on the left wonder, even ironically, about his approach…