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French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has quit the Socialist Party after 44 years’s membership. He had effectively made his decision when he joined President Emmanuel Macron’s government, a symptom of the crisis that hit the former ruling party after its traumatic defeat in last year’s elections – a crisis that has also hit other European social-democratic movements.

The French Socialist Party (PS) is currently choosing what direction to take, with elections next week for a new national secretary, who will lead the party after its heavy electoral losses last year.

The PS finished last amongst the major parties in parliamentary elections, with 7.4 per cent of the vote, losing 250 of its 280 MPs.

On Thursday evening the four candidates for national secretary took part in a televised debate.

The main question for them and their party, according to analyst Philippe Marlière, is what attitude they should have to Macron’s government.

“The big issue is what kind of opposition to Macron, if there is to be any opposition at all,” Marlière, a professor of French and European politics at University College London, told RFI. “Because for some candidates, it’s not clear whether there should be an opposition to [Macron’s] policies.” Read More …

 

 

French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has quit the Socialist Party after 44 years’s membership. He had effectively made his decision when he joined President Emmanuel Macron’s government, a symptom of the crisis that hit the former ruling party after its traumatic defeat in last year’s elections – a crisis that has also hit other European social-democratic movements. The French Socialist Party (PS) is currently choosing what direction to take, with elections next week for a new national secretary, who will lead the party after its heavy electoral losses last year. The PS finished last amongst the major parties in parliamentary elections, with 7.4 per cent of the vote, losing 250 of its 280 MPs. On Thursday evening the four candidates for national secretary took part in a televised debate.