Despite deep differences, Jean-Luc Mélenchon has accomplished the feat of bringing together the main left-wing parties under the banner of the New People’s Ecological and Social Union for a common adventure that poses an existential challenge to the PS.

Long fantasized and often described as impossible, the union of the left became a reality on the night of Thursday to Friday when the National Council of the PS adopted, after sometimes heated debates, at 62% the agreement with France rebellious.

This historic change of orientation consecrates a great winner: Jean-Luc Mélenchon who, with his 22% in the first round of the presidential election, succeeded in his takeover bid on the left by uniting under the same flag the PS but also the ecologists of EELV and the Communists, in view of the June legislative elections where he aims to be named “Prime Minister”. In the immediate future, he will not himself be a candidate for the legislative elections, he said at 20H de France 2.

The rebellious leader is organizing a family photo on Saturday on the occasion of an investiture convention of the “New popular ecological and social union” (Nupes) in Aubervilliers, near Paris.

The event marks a profound break for the PS, particularly in relation to the Hollande five-year term, the consequences of which in the short and medium term remain uncertain.

The head of socialist negotiators Pierre Jouvet welcomed this “historic gathering” on Friday that “the French desperate for this disunity” were waiting for.

“We have proven that we are capable of converging on a common project to change people’s lives”, rejoiced the representative of the new wave of the PS where a generational divide has clearly appeared in recent days.

With, on the one hand, a young guard impatient to make agreements on the ashes of the fiasco of the socialist candidate Anne Hidalgo for the presidential election (1.74%). And, on the other, the “elephants” like François Hollande, Bernard Cazeneuve, Jean-Marc Ayrault or Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, headwind against this union with Mr. Mélenchon who has never spared them.

At LFI, we applaud, like LFI MEP Manon Aubry. “I remember the first time we saw the Socialist Party, a big week ago, I had the feeling that I had a new Socialist Party in front of me, ready to go back on the El Khomri laws [on labor law], ready to defend retirement at 60, the Sixth Republic, and even not to respect certain European rules,” she said.

This turn to the left leads the political scientist (and former LR candidate for the 2015 regional elections) Dominique Reynié to say that the Socialist Party, “it’s over”, at least as a “formation of government, which comes to power, which governs , who conducts public affairs reasonably, who can carry out reforms”.

“The Socialist Party now finds itself in the distant wake of a force which is a force of protest, La France insoumise”, he estimated on BFMTV, recalling the enormous differences at the start between PS and LFI, in particular in their ” relation to Europe, to universalism, to the Republic”.

Political opponents revel in it, like MoDem deputy Jean-Noël Barrot who evokes “a triple denial, of the PS on the question of secularism, of the PCF on nuclear power and of the Greens on Europe”.

Several figures of the PS have also spoken out against this “big gap” on several key programmatic points, filled at the cost of many semantic contortions. Some have already called for “insubordination to the Insoumis”, such as Senator Rachid Temal.

The powerful president of the Occitanie region Carole Delga, opposed to the agreement, is worried about the few constituencies reserved for the PS (70 out of 577) and warned that she would support dissident candidates.

She announced in two interviews, in Le Parisien and in the regional daily La Dépêche, that she intended to organize in a few months “States General of the Republican, European and Ecological Left, open to activists, sympathizers, civil society, all those who, on the left, want a social project that is neither that of Emmanuel Macron nor that of Jean-Luc Mélenchon”.

Former Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has already returned his PS card. Other members could follow and leave a party “transformed into a doormat”, as regretted on Wednesday with AFP the president of the department of Hérault and former deputy Kléber Mesquida, 76 years old, including 47 years old in the PS.

On the side of the majority of Emmanuel Macron, we are already hastening to reach out to them. “I say: Join us with the Social Democrats. Our doors are wide open,” LREM boss Stanislas Guerini insisted on Friday.

Minister Olivier Véran, ex-PS, sent him a letter to his “former comrades who are wondering” saying to them: “It is not you who are leaving the socialist party, it is he who has just left you. “.

06/05/2022 22:36:01 –         Paris (AFP) –         © 2022 AFP


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