It is a parachute drop coupled with a legacy. Manuel Bompard will be the candidate of the New Popular Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) in the 4th constituency of Bouches-du-Rhône, whose outgoing deputy was until then Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Speaking outdoors in front of several hundred people, Thursday, April 12, in front of his Marseille office, the leader of La France Insoumise put an end to the suspense surrounding his candidacy. In the middle of a speech where he declined what his policy would be as prime minister, he announced that he was not running again and installed whoever was his campaign manager during the presidential election.

Land acquired to the left

The 4th constituency of Bouches-du-Rhône, which encompasses working-class neighborhoods in downtown Marseille and extends over the first three arrondissements of the city and part of the 5th and 6th arrondissements, is land acquired from the left. In the first round of the presidential election, Mr. Mélenchon obtained 54.4% of the vote. In 2017, in the midst of La République en Marche, he was elected in a duel against an LRM candidate with nearly 60% of the vote, then stealing his place from Socialist deputy Patrick Mennucci.

Criticized for his lack of investment in his constituency, Jean-Luc Mélenchon took his local triumph during the presidential election as sweet revenge. Manuel Bompard, 36, MEP since 2019, had already come in recent months to make his mark in the Marseille constituency. On Sunday April 11, he accompanied his leader during his vote before, a few days later, coming to debate with local activists.


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