Manuel Valls

Letter From … Paris

Felicity Slater  |  7 February 2017

Leftwinger Benoît Hamon surprises pundits to win French Socialist candidacy, writes Felicity Slater In another surprise to the commentariat, but confirmation disloyalty is more valued than solutions on the left, Benoît Hamon has beaten outgoing prime minister Manuel Valls in the race to become the Socialist party’s candidate for the French presidency. Hamon sits on …

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A blessing in disguise for the left?

Renaud Thillaye  |  28 November 2016

In a year not short of unexpected political developments, François Fillon has, against all odds, stormed the French centre-right primary. While has was stagnating between 5 and 10 per cent in the polls until September 2016, Fillon scored an impressive 44 per cent in the first round on 21 November, clearly defeating former president Nicolas Sarkozy …

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Littered with irony

Robert Philpot  |  11 February 2015

Nigel Farage is presiding over the Europeanisation of British politics Political history is littered with ironies. Anthony Eden, who prided himself on his expertise in world affairs, was forced from office by his disastrous intervention in Suez. James Callaghan was renowned for his closeness to the trade unions. He was defeated in May 1979 largely …

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Letter from … Paris

Gérard Grunberg  |  2 October 2014

Ideological divisions within the French Socialists are nothing new for a party whose refounding moment in 1971 saw it seek to make a clear break with capitalism. But, today, these divisions have taken on new gravity, for three main reasons. The first is that, up until now, these divisions have been expressed above all when …

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State of the left

Michael McTernan  |  18 July 2014

Reformist social democrats offer a glimmer of hope for the left in Europe, writes Michael McTernan In April this year, the Financial Times’ Tony Barber observed that the flag of modern social democracy flies again in Europe. He was referring to a new generation of centre-left leaders who are being forced to define for themselves …

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Present at the creation

Richard Angell and Robert Philpot  |  7 July 2014

Twenty years after Tony Blair’s election as party leader, Peter Mandelson tells Robert Philpot and Richard Angell why winning the centre-ground is more important than ever Peter Mandelson’s autobiography bills him as the ‘third man’ of New Labour, an indispensable part of the modernising triumvirate which, with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, built the foundations of …

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Polling station

There is an alternative

Hopi Sen  |  15 May 2014

Labour’s had a bit of a polling shock. A Tory lead has been a bucket of cold water in the face of Labour’s optimists, who have been talking for the last few years about a progressive realignment, an emerging Labour majority of loyalists, the young, and former Liberal Democrat voters. Panicking is a stupid, useless …

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