Letter from the Secretary General of the MJCF to members

Published on 20/04/2022 by PCF

First of all, I would like to congratulate and thank all the activists of the MJCF for this wonderful campaign.

We have not been unworthy, much less. Unknown a few months ago, Fabien Roussel made a sensational entry into politics. Thanks to the hard work of the activists, we have allowed the communist movement to re-exist on the national political scene. If we hadn’t been there, who would have brought popular aspirations to the countryside? Who would have spoken from the beginning of purchasing power, youth, popular ecology?

The results may seem disappointing in more ways than one. I would also have expected a better result for Fabien Roussel, but also for the whole left. Because if the left progresses together, the historical advance of the far right again prevents the left from reaching the second round.

However, our first-round score does not reflect the number of French men and women who were convinced by our speech. In the last days of the campaign, the spiral of useful votes sucked much of Fabien Roussel’s electorate in favor of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The latter has certainly gone beyond his ability to capture a “useful vote.” The more than 800,000 voters who elected Fabien Roussel probably would not have voted for Jean-Luc Mélenchon without our candidacy. In a context where 12 million of our fellow citizens avoided the polls, blaming the communist electorate is irresponsible.

I’d like to send you this message. Comrades, let no one tell you that you are responsible for the impossibility of the left reaching the second round of the presidential election. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are responsible for bringing the far right to power. When you are the only one who militates in front of the institutes, in the universities, where are the ones who give you lessons today? Throughout the year, we are often the only ones trying to give back hope to young people, to allow young people to organize, to rebuild a popular left. So no, we didn’t lose the left. On the contrary, we are the honor of the left, through our meticulous and thorough fieldwork, our daily militant work, we are the hope for the reconstruction of the left.

We are not content to be present every five years to ask for the vote of a candidate, we are building as close as possible to the realities of young people the organization capable of conquering power. This collective force that we have fully mobilized during this presidential campaign has allowed us to value our youth organization in an unprecedented way. This work is certainly less widespread, less noticeable on social media, but it is much more essential than the current post-election stance.

This effort on the ground allowed hundreds of young people to accompany each other throughout the campaign. This increased visibility has allowed us to shine far beyond our activist networks. The creation of several federations over the last two months is also recorded. I would like to welcome them on behalf of the MJCF.

When I see the work done, our militant strength, our collective intelligence, let me tell you how proud I am to be at the head of such a good organization.

Tens of thousands of young people can step in and join us. In a context where the far right is at the gates of power, where the rights of young people are being undermined by decades of liberal politics, we need the MJCF more than ever. More than ever, we need to build an egalitarian, feminist, anti-racist society. A society of sharing, solidarity and realization of all and sundry. A communist society.

To succeed in this revolution, the youth of this country need the MJCF.

So, dear colleagues, we open our premises, we even meet young people, we talk to them, we organize debates and we invite them to join us.

We recover our future in hand and propose that the young people of the country get involved with us, with our differences, but all together towards the same ideal.

I know I can count on you to meet this challenge.

Leon Deffontaines,

Secretary General of the MJCF

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