Benoit Hamon at Le Havre today
He repeated what François Mitterand once said of centrists: "they're neither on the left, nor on the left."
On the question of European solidarity, he cited Massimo d'Azeglio (after 19th century unification of Italy): "We have just made Italy, now we must make Italians."
On considering the "fate of the planet" in economic planning, he remarked: "What will I say to my children, and their children - if they choose to have them - when they are confronted with a world that isn't breathable?"
Shortly after speaking of "Spain, Portugal, Greece," he said: "A word on the mutualisation of [EU member nation] debts: German economists proposed the idea at first ... we need cooperative action, not action emanating from one, two, or three countries ... Germany [is a] great parliamentary republic"
Rather than depending on "Russian gas," France can rely on solar and other forms of renewable energy; my investment plan will further this
I'm not promising a "great evening," but together we can make "little mornings" of change
"y'all decide now the people y'all wanna be*: a people that wants to leave the eurozone, that [resigns itself] to disorder and injustice?"
"Choose the Left; choose Europe; choose social justice! Long live France and the Republic!"
*My creative translation of a phrase beginning "vous décidez"