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A vote is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the PS national council, at the headquarters of Ivry-sur-Seine, to validate the agreement signed with La France insoumise for the legislative elections. A last step which promises to be perilous for the socialist leadership faced with the revolt of several party figures.
Will white smoke be visible in the sky of Ivry-sur-Seine? The Socialist Party submits, Thursday, May 5, to its internal parliament the agreement reached with La France insoumise for the legislative elections. A “titanic battle” when the party threatens to explode, several figures rejecting the alliance.
First Secretary Olivier Faure and his lieutenants have been exhausted negotiating, day and night for a week, an agreement with LFI to be in a position to save most of their outgoing deputies.
But they are not at the end of their sentence. The vote on this text from 7 p.m. at the National Council, organized by videoconference and in person at the headquarters of Ivry-sur-Seine, promises them a few cold sweats.
They have also given themselves 24 hours to try to convince the 300 members of this parliament, where they are however a priori the majority. “It will not be a formality, quite the contrary,” Olivier Faure’s entourage told AFP on Wednesday. “There will be disappointed, among the federations less served than others” among the 70 constituencies obtained.
PS spokesman Pierre Jouvet, chief negotiator of the agreement, agrees on France Info : “It’s going to be a titanic battle because I hear what can be said, I hear the anger that can be provoked in particular on the distribution of constituencies”.
According to the list consulted by AFP, a good twenty constituencies are winnable. But three outgoing were sacrificed: David Habib in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Christian Hutin in the North and Michèle Victory in Ardèche. To which is added the 1st constituency in the Loire of Régis Juanico (Generations), which the PS thought of recovering.
However, Pierre Jouvet intimates to the members of the national council: “Do not turn your back on this gathering and on the left-wing people who await us, and who believe that we have finally reconciled to move forward together, to change people’s lives” .
Nothing less than the president of the socialist group in the Assembly, Valérie Rabault, has however made it known internally that she would not support the agreement, according to a message consulted by AFP.
The socialist leadership is also facing the revolt of party figures, who have already been critical in recent years but let their anger burst as the agreement took shape.
François Hollande has thus “challenged the agreement on the substance and the constituencies”, while his former Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has announced that he will carry out his threat by leaving the party.
Another of his Prime Ministers Jean-Marc Ayrault for his part denounced a “tinkering” and the “exorbitant price” paid by the PS.
They are all offended by an alliance with a historical antagonist of the PS, Jean-Luc Mélenchon. But also the inclusion in the agreement of “disobedience” to the European treaties in the event of blocking to apply the program, or even many social measures which they consider impossible to finance.
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“It’s a great sadness to see this, it’s my political history that is going away”, confides to AFP François Rebsamen, mayor of Dijon, former minister of François Hollande, who supported Emmanuel Macron in the presidential election. .
“I said PS = sectarian Party, it becomes PS = Submissive Party”, “all this for a few constituencies, as if that’s what was going to save the PS”, he sighs.
He hopes that some of the disgruntled socialists will join the “airlock” structure he has set up, the “Progressive Federation”. And that another will want to stay in the PS with Stéphane Le Foll, who said Wednesday his wish to lead the legislative campaign of the dissidents.
The president of the Occitanie region Carole Delga has already presented candidates who do not agree.
“The National Council is going to be a terrible mess,” predicts the leader of a small left-wing party, a good connoisseur of socialist workings. He believes that the agreement “is a complete humiliation for the PS, which has let go of an entire generation in favor of winnable constituencies for young people like Pierre Jouvet”.
According to him, Olivier Faure, who had begun his term as leader by making a critical assessment of the Holland five-year term, is not unhappy with the situation: “Mélenchon offered him the pretext to break with the elephants. It’s been five years since he couldn’t get the divorce started.”