Neither the Republicans nor the Socialists have found a way to recover from their loss to Emmanuel Macron.
Socialist Party (France)
Unwilling to come to terms with a new political reality, France’s old parties are down in the polls.
The president’s opponents need to decide if they want to mobilize their base or appeal to moderates and undecideds.
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.
Benoît Hamon and Manuel Valls win the first round in the Socialist primary.
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.