Both the Republicans and Socialists are divided three ways. Many lawmakers do not even seek reelection.
A look at the policies of the five presidential candidates in France reveals that left-right divisions have become less relevant.
Benoît Hamon and the far left accuse social democrats like Manuel Valls of betraying the party.
Benoît Hamon defeats the former prime minister, Manuel Valls, in the presidential primary’s second voting round.
Benoît Hamon and Manuel Valls win the first round in the Socialist primary, pushing Arnaud Montebourg out.
Winning the support of his own Socialist Party could come at the expense of Manuel Valls’ credibility in a general election.
The Socialists would cede the center ground by nominating a far-left firebrand like Arnaud Montebourg.
François Hollande’s prime minister is the only one who could give the French Socialists a chance in next year’s election.
A book release squanders what little goodwill the French president had left in his own Socialist Party.
A left-wing nominating contest might be a blessing in disguise for France’s historically unpopular president.
Socialist Party leaders bypass opposition from within their own party to liberalize the French labor market.
Unlike his economy minister, Manuel Valls can appeal to the center without losing the French left.