« I prefer the left that talks about the daily lives of the French over the left that insults, » states Guillaume Lacroix, the leader of the PRG.

l’essentielThe national president of the PRG, Guillaume Lacroix, will be attending the Left’s Meetings in Bram (Aude) this Sunday, October 1st, alongside Vincent Garel, the regional president of the PRG. The leader of the Left Radicals will participate in a roundtable discussion on the future of the left with Ian Brossat (PCF), Karima Delli (EELV), and Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol (PS).

Quelle est la raison de votre participation aux Rencontres de la gauche à Bram ?

Overall, there is a political situation that requires reasonable left-wing parties to communicate and seek common ground. These meetings come at the right time. And there is also a longstanding friendship between Carole Delga and the PRG.

Regretteriez-vous la division de la gauche pour les élections européennes ?

I mainly know that the Nupes are going their separate ways. There aren’t fifty shades of left, there are two camps: those affiliated with Jean-Luc Mélenchon and on the other hand, the left that wants to address the daily concerns of the French people. The debate will not focus on the fragmentation of the left but on the camp we want to choose: a left capable of proposing solutions regarding electricity prices, medication shortages, or a left that resorts to insults.

Does La Nupes have a future?

Depuis le début, je ne le crois pas. La PRG est la seule formation de gauche au parlement à ne pas être représentée dans la Nupes. Cette gauche-là se désintéresse de la vie quotidienne pour préférer le cirque et les combats d’arrière-garde sur Doriot. Elle considère que l’Europe est un ennemi, que la politique doit être un spectacle. L’autre camp, c’est celui dans lequel doivent se retrouver Glucksmann, Cazeneuve, Delga, Mayer-Rossignol et Lacroix. Raphaël Glucksmann ne peut pas dire qu’il est férocement contre les propositions de la Nupes, les positions qu’elle tient sur l’Ukraine, la Chine, la question européenne, et être en même temps une tête de liste soutenue par la Nupes. 

What ideas should the left carry?

She needs to discuss everyday problems. First, the migration crisis, which is a major topic. It has become a geopolitical issue. In Turkey and Russia, migrants are being used as weapons against Europe. We need a response that is both humanitarian and clear: finding necessary balances so that migratory flows do not jeopardize the future of our children. The left must move away from naivety on this issue. The right to asylum is an absolute right, but does it justify asylum for certain countries? It should also be mentioned that we are overcrowding asylum requests and not processing genuine cases of people fleeing war and oppression quickly enough.

There is also the issue of energy management at the European level. Does the left want to phase out nuclear power without any alternative solution, or does it consider that the immediate challenge is to defend the least carbon-intensive energy possible, at costs sustainable for the population? In the absence of a satisfactory solution, the left must assert that nuclear power can only be approached collectively and at the European level.

Finally, there is industrial sovereignty, particularly in the pharmaceutical field. It is unthinkable that essential medications cannot be produced on European soil. Currently, we are reliant on China for certain productions. We have successfully created Airbus, so it is not believable that we are incapable of doing the same for medications.

What message will you convey during these Meetings?

The situation is serious, the far-right is on the verge of taking power in France. The upcoming European election may reveal this. The French people are not here to mediate the ego battles of the Nupes but rather to make choices for society. Each person will be confronted with their responsibilities.

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