What the success of Podemos says about the French Left

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Last Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Spain saw the newly-founded left-wing Podemos party take third place with just under 21% of votes cast, right behind the PSOE socialist party (22%) and the conservative PP (28.72%). Mediapart editor François Bonnet and political correspondent Stéphane Alliès argue here that this groundbreaking victory for Podemos, a new left-wing alternative that was founded only last year, provides the French Left with major lessons to learn. But, they conclude, old habits die hard.

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Spain’s radical-left Podemos party might not have succeeded in “taking heaven by assault” as it proffered to do in its election campaign slogan, but the movement is nevertheless this week on cloud nine.