An American observer comments on French politics.
Aside from his lack of leadership within the party (according to the Le Monde article that your cited), I think that he was a terrible choice to represent the party.When the would-be president campaigned on virtuous politics, was it really a good idea to name a party leader that has been sentenced to 18 months of deferred imprisonment (recel d'abus de biens sociaux)?This might not be a hot topic with the PS, but that sentence is frequently brought forward by opponents. Especially when Désir condemned Cahuzac behavior, people where quick to highlight that he should be the last to give moral advices.
I appreciate Mr Désir's call to put an end to "cumul des mandats" in 2014 not 2017, and to have the citizens vote about the rules for politicians ( http://www.leparisien.fr/politique/harlem-desir-veut-un-referendum-pour-moraliser-la-vie-politique-06-04-2013-2702505.php ). But I suspect these are the very reasons for the dissatisfaction of the other socialist leaders towards Mr Désir.
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