French Left Calls President Hollande’s policies “a Disaster”.
Socialists Massively Rejected.
France’s governing Socialists have suffered big losses in municipal elections, with the opposition UMP claiming victory and the far right celebrating further gains.
UMP leader Jean-Francois Cope hailed what he called a “blue wave” of support for his centre-right party.
The far-right National Front (FN) was heading for victory in up to 15 towns, partial results indicated. BBC
Jean-Luc Mélenchon has commented on the second round of municipal elections.
He sees in the result as a condemnation of government policy. The leader of the Front de gauche and the Parti de Gauche. Mélenchon has already denounced the sectarian attitude of the Parti Socialiste PS in cities like Toulouse.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon has called for a “new left, capable of becoming a majority in our country.”
He has stressed the excellent result of the PG-EELV list Grenoble (an alliance of his party and the Greens). In this he saw “a great lesson” who brought “great hope” and breathed new life into politics. Jean-Luc Mélenchon called for elected Socialist Party representatives to break ranks and join the leftist opposition to government policy.
In Le Monde today Mélenchon has summed up the source of the problem. It is President Hollande, and his
“turn rightwards, the government’s preferred alliance with the MEDEF (employers’ organisation), and its submission to European austerity policies. These have produced a disaster. “
Leading Green Senator, Jean-Vincent Placé, has demanded the government drops its “pacte de responsbilité”, an agreement with employers’ organisations to make France “more competitive”.
President Hollande has faced ciriticisms from within his own party, including from his former partner, Ségolène Royal, who called for a “change of tempo” in the government’s actions.