Marine Le Pen certainly has stood the political world on its head. The latest aftershock of the Harris poll earthquake has hit the Socialist Party. Many voices that once called for a primary as a way to resolve internal differences and head into the presidential elections with a united front are now saying that the party needs to get its act together at once, even if it means dispensing with the primaries and rallying around a single candidate as soon as possible.
I'm afraid that the decision to put off a decision as long as possible now appears to have been a major blunder, but I'm not sure that dispensing with the primary will go down well at this point. It was presented as a democratic move, so a return to the smoke-filled room will inevitably seem anti-democratic. And I suspect that within the smoke-filled room, disunity is greater than it is outside. Which of these outsized egos will step aside in the name of party unity? Who can promise what to whom? In any case, panic seems to be spreading everywhere.
ADDENDUM: Laurent Joffrin on the same subject.