“On the evening of the 20th, things will rock!
This socialist official is already in a cold sweat.
No doubt a “in between rounds” of regional elections will never have given the PS so much trouble.
"Republican Front" or retention in the second round, merger and, in this case, with which list?
Europe Ecology-the Greens?
Or even LREM or even LR?
It is to try to defuse this minefield that Olivier Faure, the boss of the party, will meet on Friday June 18 in the evening an extraordinary national office.
"We will, of course, focus on the regional," explains at headquarters.
Olivier Faure wants, before the end of the official campaign, to exchange one last time with his troops and especially the candidates registered for the elections.
He wants to hear from everyone.
"A" temperature measurement "particularly essential for the First Secretary, so much on the ground, the situation this year, is as diverse as it is complex.
The republican front no longer imposes itself
"Olivier Faure is in a much more difficult situation than his predecessor in this position, Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, during the regional 2015", analyzes an elected socialist. “At the time, it was obvious shared by all the Socialists that, in order to get the National Front to beat
(Editor's note: now the National Rally)
, a republican front was needed, that is to say that the PS withdraws his list. What we did in Hauts-de-France and Paca, ”he recalls.
“Even if these renouncements were made in pain, this consensus facilitated the work of Cambadélis, who was able to take a very clear decision in principle, observes this elected official.
In addition, there was Matignon Manuel Valls who was in charge and whose directives, in case of difficulty, were imposed on the head of the lists.
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Today everything has changed.
The republican front is no longer needed.
"We will always find the PS faithful to its principles in the event of a real threat from the National Rally," said a socialist senator.
But the experiences of Hauts-de-France and Paca made us more circumspect.
"A considerable loss of power"
Since 2015, the withdrawal of the Socialists in the second round in these regions has, in fact, deprived them of elected officials, and therefore of all influence. As early as October 2020, while he was preparing to lead the PS list in the next election, before finally confirming the constitution of a single list of the left, Patrick Kanner warned that he would refuse this time to "be sacrifice ”. “This democratic anomaly must end! hammered the boss of the Socialist senators. The left will have been absent for five years from the regional hemicycle, this is not normal. This must not be repeated. "
Another difference, and of size, with the previous election: the existence of common lists of left-wing forces, including the socialists, but which are led by environmentalists.
This is the case in Hauts-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.
"If, in 2015, the leaders of the PS could mean to Christophe Castaner, their head of the list in Paca, to withdraw to block the road to Marion Maréchal Le Pen - a" sacrifice ", had then recognized Castaner before complying - , what can Olivier Faure do, vis-à-vis Jean-Laurent Félizia, an ecologist who leads a common list on the left and who will not even take the opinion of his own party!
sighs a socialist cadre.
It is a considerable loss of power for the PS.
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In the absence of a republican front, another dilemma would arise for the PS: to negotiate, or not, with the lists, outside the RN, on the evening of the first round, probably those of Renaud Muselier in Paca or of Xavier Bertrand, in Hauts-de-France, or the LREM lists, in Brittany or Burgundy - Franche-Comté. "For the two" leading "parties that were the PS and LR, these regional will undoubtedly mark a major turning point, predicts a PS deputy. Either it passes or it breaks ... "