Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Mélenchon Is Not Thriving
One might have expected Jean-Luc Mélenchon to thrive at a time when his bête noire, the Socialist Party, is floundering in power. But the opposite is the case. He seems to be losing ground. In a year, his approval rating has fallen from 47 to 35%--not as far as Hollande's, to be sure, but still a slide. He has been attacked by some of his Communist allies for following a "personal" rather than a "party" strategy. And the Front de Gauche has done even worse in legislative by-elections than it did in the presidential election: 4,48 % dans l'Hérault, 6,6 % dans l'Oise, 6,93 % dans les Hauts-de-Seine, 8,79 % dans le Val-de-Marne.