Legislative: François Hollande is back


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Lex-French President François Hollande warned on Thursday against the risk of “disappearance” of the Socialist Party in France in the event of an agreement with the radical left which would provide for its erasure in the June legislative elections.

“It’s not a discussion that is in question, it’s a disappearance,” he said on public radio franceinfo. “Discussing is necessary, disappearing is impossible”, he added the day after the first exchanges of the PS with insubordinate France (LFI, radical left). The latter is also negotiating with the ecologists of EELV and the Communist Party with a view to the ballot on June 12 and 19. It would be “a questioning of the very history of socialism, of (former President) François Mitterrand and his European commitments, of (former Prime Minister) Lionel Jospin and his economic credibility and his social progress”, has he added.



The former socialist president expressed his wish to see this possible agreement “reviewed or postponed so that the Socialist Party can, with its ecologist and communist partners, begin to consider another union”. “I think that this agreement will not be accepted because it is precisely unacceptable”, with “for the first time in the history of the left (…) the disappearance of any socialist candidacy in two thirds or three quarters of the departments” , underlined Mr. Holland.

“In the current state of negotiations”, “the next government (if it were led by LFI, editor’s note) would be led to question the European treaties, to disobey them (…), to leave NATO, not would help the Ukrainians more by providing them with military equipment”, would bring the retirement to 60 years while “everyone knows that it is financially impossible”, he denounced.



While the first secretary of the PS Olivier Faure urged those who would not agree to leave the party on Tuesday, François Hollande judged that it was “a curious way”. And if he admitted having “necessarily a share of responsibility” in the current state of the PS, the former number one of the PS from 1997 to 2008 lamented that “for five years”, his party has not engaged in “programmatic work”.


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