An American observer comments on French politics.
The answer is, yes, Holland will murder the PS. Soon there will be nothing left of the largest party of the left. It will be dead and buried. And I doubt Hollande will stop there. He will destroy the entire left before he’s through, unless he’s stopped. The question is what will rise up to replace the PS and how will this new alignment seek to resolve the issues facing Europe and the euro in order to save France from the looming disaster. Perhaps, Hollande and Valls can be ousted from the party and a new election called. If not, the next two election will be the end for the PS. But the PS’s obituary can wait. The development of a new framework for the left is the work that must begin today
This is grosso modo the same cleavage that cuts trough the PS and the UMP; that was at work in 2005, on occasion of the EU referendum, and in 2012, when both Hollande and Sarkozy were forced to offer something to those who were sceptical of the EU and globalization (Schengen, renegotiation of the fiscal pact etc.)
Actually, this has been the real cleavage in French politics since Maastricht, and this opposition can be seen in quite every economical debate, and even when "societal" questions arise.The thing is that UMP and PS, due to their inertia, can't adapt. FN is the only big party that freely aims to get the French antiliberals (something like two thirds of the population, and it's increasing...). So, she's not playing that good.
@Siegfried,Your response reminds me of the old joke about the two guys who are camping in the forest when they are confronted by an angry bear. As one of the campers quickly puts on his running shoes his friend says, “What are you doing? You can’t outrun a bear! The first camper replies, “I don’t have to outrun the bear—I just have to outrun you!”
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