French socialists' struggle for direction

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As far-right National Front party surges in polls for December local elections, French politics are relentlessly driven from the Right, argues NYT.

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One is the bad boy of France’s socialist government, the young former banker who has infuriated party die-hards by questioning France’s devotion to the 35-hour workweek and wondering aloud about coddled civil servants. The other is the government’s tough guy — on crime and immigration — equally obnoxious to the Socialist Party’s old guard. That two men — the economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, and Prime Minister Manuel Valls — so at odds with French socialism’s orthodoxy are its de facto leaders is a measure of the depths of the party’s struggle for direction, reports The New York Times.