The National Council of the PS adopted by 62% on Thursday evening the agreement with LFI for the June legislative elections, a historic change of direction, after sometimes tense debates which partly prolonged the already engaged revolt of party figures .

The agreement was adopted by 167 votes for, 101 against, and 24 abstentions.

The debates lasted four hours and alternated supporters and opponents of the LFI, EELV and PCF alliance for the legislative elections of June 12 and 19.

“It’s a moment of clarification, this vote says to which political space we belong”, “on the left” and not with Emmanuel Macron, concluded the first secretary Olivier Faure from the headquarters of Ivry-sur-Seine.

Several dozen of the 303 members of the National Council were present – ​​the others participated by videoconference.

“Mitterrand, that was radicalism, and yet we did it,” exclaimed Olivier Faure. “By dint of saying that we are a party of government, we can forget our own roots, which are partly in radicality”.

Spokesman Pierre Jouvet reported how the negotiations he conducted with LFI went, and justified the compromises made: “It is not necessarily easy for the last to come back (the PS) not to accept the proposed framework” on constituencies, program and strategy.

The mayor of Vaulx-en-Velin Hélène Geoffroy, leader of the minority current, rose up: “The agreement you negotiated asks us to excuse ourselves, to repent, to deny part of our history”.

The senator from Val-d’Oise Rachid Temal, also opposed to the agreement, thundered about certain dissident candidates who will not fail to declare themselves after the vote: “Jean-Luc Mélenchon will have to accept the insubordination Be candidates if you wish, that’s insubordination.

Another senator, Laurence Rossignol, supported the agreement, arguing: “He puts us back on the left, we were out of it. We were no longer frequentable”.

Before trying to reassure: “LFI is not the central force of the left, it is temporarily dominant, it’s a moment to pass”.

MP Christine Pirès-Beaune said she was “sad tonight. We couldn’t impose a better agreement than this one, but where is the alternative? It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that I will vote for this deal.”

According to the list consulted by AFP, of the 70 constituencies obtained, a good twenty are winnable.

But the constituencies of three outgoing were sacrificed: David Habib in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Christian Hutin in the North (who did not wish to represent himself) and Michèle Victory in the Ardèche. To which is added the 1st constituency in the Loire of Régis Juanico (Generations), which the PS thought of recovering.

Lamia El Araaje, whose election in 2021 was invalidated in 2022, also considers herself cheated, the agreement investing Danielle Simonnet. A motion was passed in the Council to give a mandate to renegotiate in favor of the socialist.

The outgoing Assembly has twenty-six PS deputies, plus three relatives.

Despite “reservations about Europe”, the mayor of Lille Martine Aubry, a historic figure in the PS, supported the agreement, believing that “left-wing voters expressed during the first round of the presidential elections a strong aspiration to rally and individually”.

Several major city mayors have also called for support. Among them Johanna Rolland (Nantes) who led Anne Hidalgo’s campaign at the Elysée Palace, Benoît Payan (Marseille) and Mathieu Klein (Nancy).

The socialist leadership, however, faces the rebellion of party personalities.

Former President François Hollande “challenged the agreement on the substance and the constituencies”, while his former Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve carried out his threat by leaving the party. Another former head of government, Jean-Marc Ayrault, deplored to AFP a “tinkering” and a “form of resignation” which risks fracturing the PS.

They are all offended by an alliance with a historical antagonist of the PS, Jean-Luc Mélenchon. But also the inclusion in the agreement of “disobedience” to the European treaties in the event of blocking to apply the program, or even many social measures which they consider impossible to finance.

Anne Hidalgo for her part told AFP “not to wish to prevent an electoral agreement which aims to combat ecological and social regression”. While criticizing a text which “does not respect people” and which “does not carry the necessary guarantees on NATO, European defense or secularism”.

The president of the Occitanie region Carole Delga has already presented candidates who do not agree. And the president of the socialist group in the Assembly Valérie Rabault has made it known internally that she would not support the agreement, according to a message consulted by AFP.

06/05/2022 00:47:42 –         Paris (AFP) –         © 2022 AFP


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