June 16, 2021

the left-wing parties want to “count themselves” before the presidential election of 2022

Separated, but not divided. This is the spirit of the left’s strategy for the regional elections before the first round of June 20. Thus, in a single region, Hauts-de-France, the union is perfect, with all the left forces being found on the list led by the ecologist Karima Delli. But this is an exception.

Everywhere else, alliances are of variable geometry. A bit as if this political family wanted to test all the formulas, but also to count themselves, a year before the presidential election. The battle for hegemony on the left between its three poles – socialist, environmentalist and “rebellious” – has, in fact, made any serious rapprochement impossible, despite the aspiration for unity of its electorate.

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There is therefore a risk that there will be a lot of losers on the evening of the first round. Because all parties are not equal in this election. If Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (EELV) intends to confirm the dynamic born during the Europeans of 2019 and the municipal elections of 2020, it is for the Socialist Party (PS) to save its five regions. France rebellious (LFI), she wants to take the opportunity to get back to the center of the political game. As for the Communist Party (PCF), it hopes to erase the failure of the 2015 regional and regain a number of regional advisers.

  • The PS wants to save its regions

The attempts at alliances launched in all directions by Olivier Faure have fizzled out. While for the first secretary of the PS, the regional should constitute the first political moment of the demonstration that the unity of the left was possible and could lead to victory – provided, in his eyes, to be united from the first round of the ballot – the discussions have systematically stumbled over the will of environmentalists to count themselves. There was certainly – outside Hauts-de-France – a marriage in the Grand-Est, in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and in Normandy, but it was often done in pain. In the rest of the nine other metropolitan regions, unitary agreements were only partial. “The alliance is residual. We have not succeeded in building the story of a united left that wants to win ”, recognizes the number one of the PS.

For the Socialists, this regional ballot – just like that of the departmental ones – is vital. They must keep the five regions they lead (Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Brittany, Center-Val de Loire, and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté) if they want to avoid giving the image of a declining force. Two of their strongholds are threatened by the rise of the National Rally (RN): Bourgogne-Franche-Comté led by Marie-Guite Dufay and Center-Val de Loire chaired by François Bonneau.

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