Philippe Poutou is a far-left political figure, worker, and trade unionist. He has been chosen as the presidential candidate of the New Anticapitalist Party (Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste NPA).
His campaign slogan is: “our lives, not their profits.” His political platform is primarily centred on the party’s struggle against the free movement of capital. “We denounce the free movement of capital: debt and currency speculation, the use of multiple tax havens, etc.”
“Eradicating unemployment is possible. To achieve it, we must ban layoffs and share working hours without loss of wages.” For this reason, Poutou advocates for a thirty-two-hour working week. “We’re told there’s not enough work for everybody. Ok then, we’ll share it!”
“I demand the right for everyone – especially women, often forced to retire in poverty – to a full pension of at least €1700 no later than 60.”
Defence and security
Poutou is calling for the end of all French military interventions and the withdrawal of troops.
Poutou is calling for an “internationalist split with the European Union, for a new Europe based on solidarity between the peoples against exploitation and all kinds of oppression.”
Immigration and the refugee crisis
Poutou is in favour of migrants’ freedom of movement and settlement. “We want freedom of movement and settlement as well as the legalisation of illegal immigrants.”
He wants to put an end to nuclear energy, and in order to combat climate change, he wants to implement a system of “energy planning.”