Friday, September 23, 2011

How Sausage Is Made

For a glimpse of the future of the Socialist Party, come what may, have a look at Frédéric Martel's article in L'Express. There you will discover the parallel trajectories of Manuel Valls and Benoît Hamon: both Rocardians at the beginning, both young party activists, one (Valls) maturing at Matignon under Jospin, the other (Hamon) learning the ropes under Aubry. Valls chose to position himself on the right wing of the party, the incarnation of the "second second left," while Hamon claims the mantle of Emmanuelli, the maverick of the left. Yet their opposition, Martel hints, may be no more than tactical, a matter of pure "positioning," since this contest between "old left" and "new" is one of the "structuring" myths of the party--a myth that may no longer have any connection with sociological reality. Interesting piece.

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