Jean-Pierre Bel

'I'll never vote socialist again': damning verdict from French voters in left-wing stronghold

France — Report

The Ariège département on the border with Spain is known as one of the most socialist areas of France, with voters regularly turning out in force to support candidates on the Left. But perhaps no more. Mediapart visited this part-rural, part-industrial area, one that has been ravaged by the economic crisis, to find that traditionally socialist voters are now split between grave doubts and anger towards their own party. In the first of three reports from the Ariège, Mathieu Magnaudeix discovers that the main beneficiary of this tide of discontent is likely to be the far-right Front national.

France elects first Socialist head of Senate

France — Link

Socialist Jean-Pierre Bel has been elected president of the French Senate, a week after the left won a landmark majority in the upper house.