Philippe Poutou, the candidate registered with Pôle emploi

Philippe Poutou climbs the flight of stairs and takes out his phone to take a picture. “We will still have had nice rooms, during this campaign”, notes the candidate of the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) in the presidential election. Below, activists install chairs in this municipal space in the center of Lille, the Gymnasium. Soon, 600 people crowded there. Many are students. They came to listen to a man who defends, with a mischievous smile, a resolutely “anti-capitalist” : retirement at 60, minimum salary of €1,800 net, 32 hours of work per week, etc. “We are asked: ‘But how are you going to do it?’ he throws. It’s simple and basic. There are billionaires and indecent fortunes. We’re going to redistribute this! »

Applying for a function he wants to eliminate, Philippe Poutou always says ” we ” : “It doesn’t make sense for me to say ‘I’. What I carry are the ideas of our party and even beyond. » He had already defended them in 2012 and 2017, barely exceeding the 1% mark. At 55, he had no plans to reoffend. “It must have been a comrade”, he explains. But his name once again imposed itself within the NPA: ” With the health crisis, it became even more difficult to leave with an unknown face to get sponsorships. »

The far-left activist obtained the necessary 500 signatures in extremis. He owes his notoriety in part to the television debate of April 4, 2017, when he scolded Marine Le Pen and François Fillon. This time, he was one of the four “small” candidates not to have been invited to the political program on March 14 on TF1. “It may be the result of April 4, 2017”, he points out. In the meantime, the candidate-worker has become the candidate-licensee, registered with Pôle emploi. The Ford factory in Blanquefort (Gironde), where he worked and held the position of CGT union representative, closed in 2019. A year later, he also obtained his first electoral mandate by entering the municipal council of Bordeaux. “There will be no other”, he promises.

After April 10, Philippe Poutou will go on vacation. He will also have to respond to a summons for having declared “The police kill”, remarks which earned him a complaint from the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin. The legal meeting was scheduled for the day the Constitutional Council validated his candidacy. “The police called me, he says. They said to me: “Mr. Poutou, we cancel, we will see later. Good campaign in the meantime.” »


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