Disaster for PS in Municipal Elections

LILLE – Even Limoges, the city that has elected Socialist mayors since 1911, did not choose the Parti Socialiste (PS) in last night’s municipal elections. The second round of the municipal elections marked the most severe defeat the PS has ever experienced in the municipal elections. The PS, which has patiently constructed a strong network of mayors […]

Municipal Elections: Three Weeks to Go

LILLE. – After last week’s article on the basics of the municipal and inter-municipal elections, La Jeune Politique looks at the issues in France’s main cities. In the municipal elections at the end of the month, the Parti Socialiste (PS) and the Union Pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) will be the main parties vying for […]

Désir’s Very Expected Parti Socialiste Victory

On Thursday, October 18, members of the Parti Socialiste (PS) voted in the second round of elections to determine the party’s First Secretary. As expected, PS member Harlem Désir won the race with 77.44% of the votes, while his opponent Emmanuel Maurel received 27.56%, according to the latest statistics. In any other election, this margin […]

Half-Satisfying Victory for Harlem Désir, Likely Head of the PS

According to the polls released on October 12th, Harlem Désir will soon become the head of the Parti Socialiste (PS), with the support of 68.42% of the socialist militants supporters and assuming an electoral turn out of about 50%.  The result, though a success, was considerably lower than expected. Members of Désir’s staff had predicted […]

The Parti Socialiste Chooses Désir as President

This morning September 12, after a series of negotiations during its Congress in Toulouse, the Parti Socialiste (PS) has chosen Harlem Désir to succeed Martine Aubry as head of the PS. Former number 2 of the party, Désir was one of the favorites for this position, along with Jean Christophe Cambadélis. With support from powerful ministers, such […]

Socialist Party to Choose New Leader

The question of who will succeed Martine Aubry as the leader of the Parti Socialiste (PS) is the one that is currently occupying all of its members. Aubry, the current First Secretary of the party, announced at the summer forum in La Rochelle that she would not apply for a second term. So far, two candidates are favored: Harlem […]

Socialist Summer Rally in La Rochelle: Carefully Going Back To Work

The main figures of the French Parti Socialiste (PS) met their supports in the now traditional summer rally in La Rochelle. The rally took place from August 23-27. It was relatively quiet and devoid of real political statements, even though the party needs, now more than ever, to find an invigorating pulse several months since […]