The former Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira has introduced she’s going to stand as a candidate in French presidential elections in April.
The 69-year-old leftwinger made the announcement within the southern metropolis of Lyon to the applause of her supporters and surrounded by journalists.
“I want to play my part, fully, against demoralisation, hate speech and belligerent words, so that we can face together the old perils – that is to say the risks of social dislocation – and also the new challenges, that is to say, the necessary and urgent ecological transition,” Taubira instructed her viewers.
Taubira was the justice minister within the cupboard of socialist president Francois Hollande between 2012 and 2016.
She’s a really nicely revered determine on the left, however her announcement will dishearten some, additional dividing votes in an already crowded discipline for the presidency.
Candidates embody the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and the left-wing populist Jean-Luc Mélenchon who got here fourth the final time round, and the Greens are placing up Yannick Jadot who threw his weight behind the socialists in 2017.