Neither of France’s two major political parties was able to get their candidate into the second voting round of the presidential election last week. That failure, without precedent in the history of the Fifth Republic, has plunged them both into a deep crisis. Read more
Polls suggest five candidates stand a chance of qualifying for the crucial second voting round in France’s presidential election next month.
They range from the far left to the far right, but a look at their policies suggests that these categories may have outlived their usefulness. Read more
Former prime minister Manuel Valls’ endorsement of Emmanuel Macron has widened a split in France’s ruling Socialist Party.
Benoît Hamon, the left’s presidential candidate, has taken Valls to task for going back on his word.
During the Socialist primary, Valls vowed to support his party’s nominee. Now that he has lost the contest, he wants leftwingers to support Macron instead in order to stop Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Front. Read more
- French Socialists nominated Benoît Hamon, a former education minister, as their presidential candidate on Sunday.
- Hamon got 58 percent support in a second voting round against 41 percent for his opponent, the former prime minister Manuel Valls.
- Hamon is to the left of the party. His signature policies are the legalization of marijuana and the introduction of a universal basic income. Read more
- Former education minister Benoît Hamon and former prime minister Manuel Valls won the first voting round in the French Socialist Party’s presidential primary on Sunday.
- Arnaud Montebourg, a former industry minister, finished third. He immediately endorsed his fellow leftist Hamon. Read more
With two weeks to go until the French Socialists elect their presidential candidate, Manuel Valls is not so subtly tilting to the left.
The former prime minister, who made a name for himself as a reformer, now says neither the 35-hour workweek nor France’s high wealth taxes need to be reformed after all.
Valls’ concessions to the left make short-term political sense. Benoît Hamon and Arnaud Montebourg, two far-left firebrands, are up in the polls. Valls is still the favorite to win the nomination, but only narrowly. Recent surveys suggest he could struggle in a second voting round against either of his opponents.
But he takes a longer-term risk. Read more
Surveys suggest the French Socialists could make the same mistake as the British Labour Party and lurch to the left next year, taking themselves out of contention for the presidential and parliamentary elections that due in April and May.
Arnaud Montebourg, a fierce anticapitalist and former economy minister, is neck and neck with Prime Minister Manuel Valls, the center-left candidate, in the polls. Read more