Former Justice Minister Christiane Taubira today announced her candidacy for the French presidency in the elections scheduled for April, with a campaign focused on capitalising on citizens’ discontent with social injustices.

For several weeks, the senior civil servant under socialist leader François Hollande (2012-2017) had been in the limelight for her call for the left to present a unified candidate in the elections, starting with a primary at the end of this month.

Hope exists, and that is why I want to make my contribution in the face of demoralisation, hate speeches and new challenges, he said in the southern city of Lyon during an event on the unity of the left.

Despite her message aimed at encouraging progressive forces to play a leading role in the elections in less than 90 days, Taubira has not had a major impact on the polls, which are dominated by figures from the right and the far right.

On the left, the leader of La France Insoumise, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, remains the most likely to vote in the polls, with about 10 per cent, far behind President Emmanuel Macron (25), conservative Valérie Pécresse (17) and far-right Marine Le Pen (17) and Éric Zemmour (13).

Taubira addresses her message to young French people and prioritises the defence of ecology and the fight against discrimination in her agenda.