Christiane Taubira ‘envisages’ entering French presidential race

A file photo of French politician Christiane Taubira
Former French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira looks likely to run for the presidency. Photo: Joel Saget / AFP
A former justice minister under François Hollande appears to have thrown her hat into the ring as a possible candidate in France’s 2022 presidential elections - but only if she can unify the left.

Christiane Taubira, who was Justice Minister in François Hollande’s government between 2012 and 2016, confirmed in a brief message on her social media platforms that she “plans to be a candidate for the presidential election of the French Republic”.

Her decision has been widely expected for some time, but until now she has refused to be drawn on the subject of a possible run.

But she said she did not intend to run as “another candidate” from the left of the political spectrum. She said that she recognised “the impasse” faced by left-wing candidates in the presidential race. 

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Environmentalist candidate Yannick Jadot quickly rejected Taubira’s offer to join her or take part in a primary.

“I invite all progressives, all humanists to come and work with us. I invite them with their history, with their ideas, with their background, with their strength of conviction, with their enthusiasm to work on this great project alternating with an alternative that is ecological, social and democratic,” he said. 

Taubira resigned from office in January 2016 after a public disagreement with then-President Hollande over plans to strip French nationality from dual citizens convicted of terrorist acts. 

She declined calls to run in the Parti Socialiste’s primary for the 2017 presidential election, and endorsed eventual candidate Benoît Hamon in the first round, before calling on the electorate to vote for Emmanuel Macron in the second round.

Member comments

  1. Good luck to her. The splintering of the left-of-centre vote in France (see John Lichfield’s excellent recent article on this) is an absolute tragedy. I doubt Taubira will be able to unify the left but it would be excellent if she could make those precious ideologues see sense, abandon their pathetic bickerings and do something for working people for a change. Anything is better than the car crash we will see when we know the result of the first round of the presidential election: it’s all but certain that the most left-wing candidate on the ticket for the second round will be … Macron.

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