The left, lost on the way to the Elysee

In the countdown of the presidential, France is immersed in the difficult task of defining who will fight for being the next president. And, in that game of j

The left, lost on the way to the Elysee

In the countdown of the presidential, France is immersed in the difficult task of defining who will fight for being the next president. And, in that game of juggling names, the left appears lost and divided. None of its five candidates, "Ejan-Luc Mélechon (France Insel), Anne Hidalgo (Socialists), Yannick Jadot (Los Verdes), Fabien Roussel (Cominista Party) and Arnaud Montebourg (former socialist who is presented as independent) reaches 10%. of intention of vote.

On the night of Wednesday Anne Hidalgo asked to celebrate primaries on the left. "This fractured left, who despairs many citizens, has to join in order to govern, we can not waste more time," she claimed. But the idea did not like her opponents. Several representatives of France insumpea (his candidate, Mélechon, is the best positioned in the face of the elections; The last survey gives him 8% of the votes), criticized that Hidalgo's proposal was motivated by his fall in the surveys, already That the also mayor of Paris hardly exceeds 5% (if you get a minor result, the State would not reimburse you campaign expenses).

The communist candidate, Roussel, does not agree with Hidalgo either, "A primary arranges the problem of the person, but it is not the person what needs to be found, but about what base we united," he said. The idea has been received with open arms by the organizers of popular primary school, a citizen initiative that has 249,000 registered and that has been asking for the left to present a single name.

Meanwhile, other political forces occupy the debate. "To affirm the power against others, protect the identity, guarantee security: the trilogy of fear now governs the debate of the ideas, that the left has lost," Roger Martelli, director of the magazine Régards in an article entitled the left , In search of a sense.

What should the parties of this ideology do to recover the lost space? "In one of our latest surveys, we note that priority issues are the purchasing power (41%) and the environment (30%), quite favorable to the left. The left candidates should focus on these issues rather than trying to respond to The right and the extreme right on issues related to security or immigration, "says Antoine Bristielle, director of the opinion observatory of the Jean-Jaurès Foundation.

Bristielle also points to a generational factor: "Although young generations have left values, they are not sufficiently mobilized to deal with the ideas on the right, which are very majority between older generations," he says.

Date Of Update: 09 December 2021, 21:35

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