Post Tagged with: "Front de Gauche"

Where is the Left?

Yes, François Hollande has been elected President of the Republic. Yes, the Parti Socialiste (PS) controls all the major institutions. But since there is nothing very socialist about the PS, is it still a Left party? After the defeat, the debate. A few after losing the Elections to the PS, the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) is now experiencing the same crisis the PS underwent in 2007: fight for leadership and ideological questioning. On the[Read More…]

What is to Come For the Front de Gauche?

As one of the all-stars of the last presidential election, the Front de Gauche (FG), is now facing the downfall: a deceiving 11% in the first round and even more disappointing scores in the legislative elections, it is only the communist ‘fortresses’ that allow the radical left to hope there will be Front de gauche representatives in Parliament. It is all the more disappointing that Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s campaign had gathered enough momentum that people could[Read More…]

NEWS ANALYSIS Legislative Elections: Socialists Could Win Absolute Majority in the Assembly, Yet Uncertainties Remain

The Socialists won the majority of votes Sunday for the first round of the legislative elections, barely a month after the election of their candidate, François Hollande, to the Presidency. The results for the Left were better than expected, but they did not sweep the election. “There is still a long way to go,” said Martine Aubry yesterday morning, June 11. These words from the First Secretary of the Parti Socialiste (PS) could sum up[Read More…]

News Analysis: Battle of the Extremes

As the legislative elections approach, the Union pour Un Movement Populaire (UMP) finds itself without a leader to insure the sustainability of the center-right party of former President Nicolas Sarkozy. While the executives of the UMP are engaged in a battle for the top positions, particularly the position of Secretary-General, Marine Le Pen of the Front National (FN) is taking advantage of the situation in an attempt to make of the legislative elections the springboard[Read More…]

Drama in Hénin-Beaumont Brings Out Traditional Strategies against the FN

 In the 11th district of Henin-Beaumont, a northern French City in the Pas-de-Calais region, two former presidential candidates, Marine Le Pen of the extreme right Front National, and Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the far left Front de Gauche, are facing each other once again for the legislative elections, giving this local election national attention. The two former presidential candidates were both eliminated after the first round, and spent the majority of their respective campaigns attacking each other in[Read More…]