What it's like being a socialist in the United States

International — Report

The very word has been anathema in America for so long. Yet in the wake of Bernie Sanders' strong showing in the Democratic Party primaries ahead of the last presidential election, more and more Americans are calling themselves “socialists”. Some are even winning elections. Mediapart's New York correspondent Mathieu Magnaudeix gives a pen portrait of some of these new candidates on the American Left who are fighting against capitalism as much as they are combating discrimination.

After year in power, little love for Macron in socialist stronghold

France — Link

Nearly 9 in 10 voters in Rennes, west France, backed Macron in run-off against Marine Le Pen but he is now seen as favouring the wealthy.

Former French PM Michel Rocard dies aged 85

France — Link

Rocard, who served served as prime minister for three years from mid-1998 under François Mitterrand, was noted for his pro-European views.

'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.

Death of Pierre Mauroy – the conscience of French socialism


Pierre Mauroy, who has died aged 84 after battling lung cancer, became in 1981 the first socialist prime minister under France's Fifth Republic. For many the man with working class roots from the north of the country epitomised both a deeply-felt and a pragmatic form of socialism. Mediapart's Antoine Perraud assesses the life of a politician who oversaw radical reforms in one of the most eventful periods of modern French politics.

Former French PM Pierre Mauroy dies at age 84

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Mauroy, who was premier from 1981 to 1984 under president François Mitterrand, was the first socialist prime minister of France's 5th Republic.