The Melenchon deal destroyed the French Socialist Party

The French Socialist Party is looking for its future after a pact with the populist left of Jean-Luc Melenchon was widely approved by the National Training Council on Thursday evening. The voice of the leadership of the political formation that has been the backbone of France for decades is just the last tear of an open wound after the Socialists’ first major electoral defeat, albeit perhaps final. Five years ago years ago. For many, especially those who defend a “broken left turn”, defined by the melenconista unification project, the formation seams started earlier, during the reign of François Hollande (2012-2017).

Reaffirming an agreement reached on Wednesday with other major left-wing groups — Melenchon’s French Insumiza, the Communist Party and environmentalists — to secure a majority in the June parliamentary elections was the only solution for some militants faced with a political landscape. That has changed drastically in recent years. A scenario where traditional parties seem to have no place, neither left nor right, as evidenced by another major election failure this year, the conservative Republicans.

On the contrary, for those who speak out against the agreement, which calls into question the hitherto indisputable principles of French socialism, such as its Europeanism (the pact agrees to the “compliance with certain rules” of the European Union), it means : dead. The batch certificate of François Mitterrand. Anyway, PS will not just be a week ahead of PS after this Thursday and his future is uncertain like never before.

The “titanic struggle”, as defined by the chief socialist negotiator, Pierre Juve, favored the accord and fought it until the last moment.

Melenchon’s “radicalism” is poised to “deter” voters, warning several of the 300 participants in a heated debate more than three hours before the vote, in which 167 members (62.3%) ultimately approved the Melenchonian agreement , with 101 votes against and 24 abstentions.

“From Jean-Jores, Leon Bloom to Mitterrand, we have always done a radical project. “They also said that Mitterrand is a threat to democracy,” said Olivier Foret, the party’s first secretary of state. “Voters have left us because they think we have nothing to say, nothing to change,” said Fore, one of the main proponents of the deal, acknowledging that his opponents’ “disappointment” was “legitimate”. But it denied claims of “surrender” to the Melenchonistas and defended itself against dissenting voices who repeatedly decided that “there is no Plan B” because the other parties preferred to negotiate with the Melenchonistas rather than the socialists. And “If we do that, it won’t offer any alternatives.” What will eventually happen is that the only alternative for Macron and the liberals will be the far right, which is moving forward with every election,” he said.

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An argument that has failed to convince historical party figures such as former Socialist Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who has already carried out the threat, will leave the PS if the deal with Melenchon is closed. Another prime minister of the last socialist government, Jean-Marc Ayrault, called the agreement between the Melenquins and the socialists a “failure”, expressing his “disagreement” because it was a “kind of unprotected dismissal” that threatened to dissolve the Festa. He told Agence France Presse. The former leader of both, François Hollande, has not yet reached the point of leaving the party, but has clearly shown his “rejection” as “essentially and by voters”, an issue that may lead some socialists to decide. Despite the agreement, they left independently.

That has already been threatened by some opponents of the deal, such as Occitania’s powerful president Carol Delga, another fierce critic of an alliance with the rebels, who said she would vote against the pact. The influential socialist has already nominated candidates for parliamentary elections in his region, neglecting the division of constituencies (one seat in the National Assembly, which has a total of 577 seats) with melenchonistas, who put forward up to 70 candidatures for parliament.

However, this is not just a generational struggle. It is true that most of the pact’s fiercest opponents are former socialist barons, including historic party figures such as Martin Aubrey, who support the deal despite their “deep reservations”, especially in European politics. He said so in a statement. A deal was needed for the former First Secretary of Parliament and the daughter of the current mayor of Lille – another historic socialist, a staunch European Jacques Delors – as the left-wing voters demanded. But that doesn’t mean, he added, that the PS now has internal work to do to “start rebuilding and relaunching the project of a social, environmental, democratic and secular republic”.

Socialist presidential candidate Anne Hidalgo took an interim position on Thursday. In his first public statement on the matter, the mayor of Paris, who opposed negotiations with Melenchon a few weeks ago, said he was still very critical of the deal, but said he would not “prevent” it.

The pact “does not provide the necessary guarantees on important issues such as NATO, the defense of Europe, secularism and universal values,” the statement said. However, he added that “given the democratic, social and environmental urgency, I do not want to avoid an electoral deal that combats environmental and social setbacks”.

Previously, former close allies of Hidalgo, such as mayors Joanna Roland (Nantes), who led his ill-fated campaign, or Mathieu Klein (Nancy), one of his representatives, along with other socialist mayors, asked for public support. “Responsibly”, the pact of the left, although they initially ruled out any negotiations with Melenchon. In a similar vein, the mayor of Marseille, the second largest city in France, was Benoit Payani, who called for a “unification of all left-wing and socialist forces” under the New Popular Ecology and Social Union (NUPES).

Macronists are also being transformed

As the socialists brace themselves for the biggest challenge to their party’s future (highly unlikely), another formation that asked for a parliamentary majority in June, President Emmanuel Macron’s La República en Marcha (LREM), announced on Thursday a name change. Before the Renaissance.

“Today we are launching a movement to restore the LREM, to further expand this political movement”, which wants to become a “people’s party with a call to openness” to always “have the opportunity to choose light in the darkness”, he said. said. he said. Stanislas Guerini explained at the conference the General Delegate for the formation of Macronists in the press.

The Macronists form a single list, the Conjunto para Legislative Elections, along with their traditional allies, the centrist MoDem party and the Horizons platform of former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, which has won fifty voters for its candidates.

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Source: La Neta Neta