How the French Left can turn defeat into a way forward

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The results of the European Parliament elections in France last month were an electoral disaster for the parties of the Left, which all trailed well behind the scores attained by the far-right and President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling LREM party. But, argues François Bonnet in this op-ed article, it was not all bad news for the Left, for amid the defeat came a clarification of where it lost its path and, with that, what it must now urgently focus upon to rebuild and claim back a place in the French political landscape.

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Should we lament the outcome in France of last month’s European Parliament elections, like numerous political figures suggest we should, and to interpret the results as a loud “sounding of the alarm” as wrote French historian Roger Martelli on his Mediapart blog? The answer is most definitely “no”.