A few hours before the deadline for submitting applications, François Hollande put an end to the suspense, announcing this Friday in an interview with the newspaper La Montagne that he would not be a candidate in the legislative elections in his stronghold of Tulle.
“I exercised for more than 20 years the mandate of deputy of Corrèze before becoming president of the Republic so I had no vocation to return there, except in exceptional circumstances”, he indicates in this interview.
He supports the Taysse-Brugère duo
He then clarified this exceptional circumstance: “if the Socialist Party after the presidential election had decided to rebuild itself and to call for a resurgence at the time of the legislative elections with personalities who had exercised power”, explained the former president. “He decided not to recast himself but to merge into an unbalanced agreement on the electoral level and not credible on the programmatic level”, he declared, tackling the agreement reached between La France insoumise the Socialist Party and Europe ecology-The Greens to form the Nupes, the New People’s Ecological and Social Union.
François Hollande affirms that he therefore had no “reason to be a candidate”, thus sweeping away a hypothesis which had recently emerged, but nevertheless recalled that “ties” united him to Corrèze.
In this first constituency of Corrèze, the ex-president will support a pair of the “progressive left” Annick Taysse-Philippe Brugère. “Their candidacy corresponds in this constituency to the aspiration that is mine, that of rebuilding a socialist, progressive left, capable of representing a credible alternative to the current power between the far right and a radicalism that does not allow convincing”.