"I would like us to have more relaxed relations" with Sophie Binet than with her predecessor Philippe Martinez, who "we do not know why, one day, was in the mood against us (LFI) and did not let us go," said Jean-Luc Mélenchon on France 3.

The founder of La France insoumise was asked about the differences in strategy between the political parties and the inter-union, which unlike LFI, the communists or the Greens, agreed to go to Matignon on Wednesday to meet Elisabeth Borne.

In this mobilization, "what is certainly a problem is that from the beginning, at the instigation of Mr. Martinez, it was decreed that the unions managed this movement from one end to the other and that politicians had only to keep quiet," regretted Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

"I have been pleading from the beginning for there to be some kind of coordination, I continue to ask for it today," for example "something that would be called the committee to fight against the pension reform," asked the former presidential candidate.

"We are, if we count the day of March 8, at the 11th demonstration" next Thursday. "There are people who (...) have dozens of days of strike in the boots. They have the moral right to ask us to make one more effort in the fight," he said.

"That's why I took the liberty of suggesting that it be a day of general strike on April 6 so that we throw all our forces into the battle, but it is not me who can give such an instruction," he acknowledged.

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