Fabien Roussel, national secretary of the French Communist Party (PCF), was the guest of the “4 Vérités” of France 2, Tuesday, December 29, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the party.
On Wednesday, December 30, the French Communist Party will celebrate its 100 years of existence. A century later, what remains of the political ambition that took shape at the Congress of Tours of the French Section of the Workers’ International (SFIO)? For Fabien Roussel, guest of the “4 Vérités” of France 2, Tuesday, December 29, the PCF “Has decided to continue its fight for a fairer and more humane society, to put money at the service of development and ecological transition”. A fight that is today, according to him, “Blatantly topical” in view of the health and economic crisis that France is going through.
In 2020, the PCF counts “50,000 members, 600 mayors and a group in the National Assembly”, underlines Fabien Roussel, adding: “It is a party which is very present in the territory, in the cities, in the countryside, in the suburbs and with the employees who are fighting throughout the country”. First secretary since 2018, Fabien Roussel pursues the ambition to make the party more independent and autonomous. “The debate is opening across the country to know what we are going to do in 2022 in the presidential and legislative elections”, he confirms.
“We want a French industry”
Monday, December 28, Fabien Roussel was alongside the employees of the Verallia France factory, on strike after the announcement of a restructuring plan. “Their boss, Michel Giannuzzi, told them they were too expensive, while he doubled his salary. (…) What is too expensive, in this economic system in which we live in France, is finance which has taken power over our industry. We want a French industry, and for that, we need to free ourselves from this finance. We must regain our economic sovereignty ”, he said.
Regarding his possible candidacy for the presidential election of 2022, Fabien Roussel finally assured that the party was going first “Decide how to approach these deadlines, presidential and legislative” and that “the person’s time will come at the right time, on May 9”.