“The national flag is not synonymous with chauvinistic nationalism”, according to Jean-Luc Mélenchon – RT in French
Jean-Luc Mélenchon affirmed in an interview with the magazine Ballast that “the nation is today the horizon of popular sovereignty”, defending in passing the symbolism of the national flag, both “democratic and disengaged” according to him.
The outline of a return to the rebellious strategy of 2017? LFI presidential candidate 2022 Jean-Luc Mélenchon defended the symbolism of the nation, during an interview with the magazine Ballast published on January 14. “The nation is today the horizon of popular sovereignty”, affirms the deputy of Bouches-du-Rhône.
In this interview, after having defined the contours of “a phenomenology of the citizen revolution” from which would emerge a group which “designates itself as a ‘people'”, the left-wing tribune explains that this type of movement is always looking for a unifying symbol, and according to him, “the self-appointed people systematically mobilize the national flag”.
“Nothing to do” with nationalism, he continues. “I invite my far-left comrades to break down the wall they themselves have built. The national flag is not synonymous with chauvinistic nationalism. It is confusing. I challenge you to find a popular gathering of revolutionary scope where, from Sudan to Latin America, the national flag is not found. The people seize the national flag to say to the leaders: “We are the country, not you.” Another way of saying “It’s all ours”. It is a democratic and clearing symbol, ”develops the candidate, who is participating in his third presidential campaign.
“We have a flag and an anthem from a popular revolution”, underlines Mélenchon
In 2017, the leader of the Insoumis had denoted among the contenders on the left by the strong presence of French flags in his meetings, a desire of his campaign team who distributed them to activists. However, the tricolor banner was no longer really an emblem of rallies on the left, because it was associated by some with conservatism, even if Ségolène Royal in 2007 and François Hollande in 2012 had reintroduced it into their respective campaigns.
In 2012, supporters of Mélenchon mostly displayed Left Front flags during his public addresses. In the same vein, the former senator sang The Marseillaise at the end of his meetings in 2017, when he was mostly singing The International in 2012, more rarely the French anthem. But since 2017, the former socialist minister had been more discreet about national symbols, evoking above all in his interventions markers specific to the left. Until this interview in Ballast.
Starting from this observation on the flag, Jean-Luc Mélenchon affirms that “the nation is today the horizon of popular sovereignty”. A concept that he likens to the notion of the Republic. “The patriotic feeling I claim is this: it is linked to the republican idea, to the idea of popular sovereignty as the cornerstone of the nation. In France, more than in other places, it is easy to identify the national project with our camp. We have a flag and an anthem from a people’s revolution. Our motto says “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”. The nation, with us, proceeds from the Republic – and not the reverse”, he adds.