“Mind your own business,” National Secretary Fabien Roussel told La France insoumise, who called on the Communists to “clarify” their position on Friday, at the opening of the PCF congress in Marseilles, after statements by their leader on a Nupes considered “outdated”.

“No one will dictate to the Communists what they should vote, do and choose. We are sovereign, free, communists,” exclaimed Fabien Roussel, given a standing ovation by the vast majority of the 697 delegates gathered at the Palais du Pharo.

LFI coordinator Manuel Bompard asked the Communists, in a letter, to “clarify” their position at the congress about Fabien Roussel’s statements at the start of the week, which “stunned” him. He had judged the left alliance Nupes, formed by the PCF, LFI, PS and EELV, “outdated”. He had called for it to be extended to the center-left and in particular to former Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

“Those who have something to say, let them join the PCF,” quipped Fabien Roussel. “We are a democratic party which amends, debates, votes, we, everyone cannot say otherwise [as much, editor’s note]”, he added in reference to LFI, a movement which regularly experiences problems of democracy. internal.

For the congress, which is held from Friday to Monday, and at the end of which Fabien Roussel should be easily renewed, “the journalists were disappointed that there was not more agitation, so the slightest sentence arouses a lot attention,” he said, referring to his statements about Nupes.