“Alain will not have given in to the pressure of ‘you will get older’. Hello, old man, and thanks for everything. We continue the fight! † With these words, the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) paid tribute to Alain Krivine in a press release. The man who ran the Revolutionary Communist League (LCR) for thirty years – which gave birth to the NPA in 2009 – died on Saturday, March 12, at the age of 80. The disappearance of the former leader of Trotskyism in France has sparked a shower of tributes from the left a month before the first round of presidential elections in which Mr. Krivine had twice introduced himself.
Co-founder of the LCR in 1974, Alain Krivine was called “Chair” by his friends. “I still hear you say that the best way to celebrate the memory of the deceased is to continue their struggle. † It will never taste the same without you”, commented Olivier Besancenot, who campaigned at his side for the LCR and then the NPA. Words that are his own by NPA presidential candidate Philippe Poutou.
“Change the World”
“Emotion and sadness. A sad thought to his family and fraternal greetings to the entire Trotskyist movement., said the candidate of La France insoumise (LFI) for the presidential election, Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Another candidate for the Elysée, for the third time, Nathalie Arthaud (Lutte Ouvrière), repeated the NPA by recalling a “a sixty-eight man who has never denied his anti-capitalist and revolutionary beliefs”.
“He was one of the voices of the political history of the left”according to Fabien Roussel, the Communist candidate, whose campaign manager, Ian Brossat, also commented: “Not everyone was lucky enough to have Trotskyist parents. I had the pleasure of meeting Alain Krivine when I was a child. He defended his ideal with great steadfastness. †
Deputy Eric Coquerel (LFI), former member of the LCR, paid tribute to his “comrade” That “will have been one of the great figures of the revolutionary movement, human and talented spokesman”† “Alain Krivine, along with Jack Ralite, was one of the figures that made me want to get into politics to change the world”tweeted another “rebellious” MP, Clémentine Autain.
“A human and political dough that almost no longer exists”
“The revolutionary militant, present in all struggles, marked by his convictions”also said Pierre Moscovici on Twitter. “The man was cultured, full of humor. He was made of a human and political dough that almost no longer exists., added the former socialist minister and European commissioner. Olivier Faure, the spokesman for the Socialist Party, ruled that:“after the death of Henri Weber [ancien cadre de la Ligue communiste, mort en 2020]it’s a new page in the history of the competition that is turning”†
Born on July 10, 1941 in Paris, Alain Krivine came from a family of the Jewish petty bourgeoisie, immigrants from Central Europe. Like his brothers fueled by the communist student movements, in 1966 he was a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Youth (JCR), becoming one of the figures of May-68, along with Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Jacques Sauvageot and Alain geismar. His activism earned him a month in prison from the Department of Health and led to the dissolution of the JCR.
He was subsequently nominated by the newly established Communist League as a candidate for the 1969 presidential election. Capitalist Order and Wealth Redistribution. He won just 1.06% of the vote. He also ran in 1974, at the head of the LCR, but failed with 0.37% of the vote. Journalist at the weekly redparty organ, and MEP between 1999 and 2004, he resigned from the LCR political bureau in 2006, remaining its spokesman until its dissolution in 2009.