Author: Sandrine Cassini

Sandrine Cassini is a journalist working for Le Monde newspaper. Le Monde is a French daily newspaper and digital news media outlet founded in 1944. It covers local news from France, breaking news from Europe, and international stories.

Olivier Faure surrounded by Socialist MPs, at the Assemblée Nationale, Paris, July 9, 2024. JULIEN MUGUET FOR LE MONDE After the recent parliamentary elections in France, Socialist leader Olivier Faure faces challenges in forming a government. Despite winning narrowly, the left-wing Nouveau Front Populaire alliance struggles to choose a prime minister, facing opposition from the right and President Macron. Macron’s call for a coalition excluding the radical left La France Insoumise has sparked defiance from the left-wing parties. Faure insists on left unity, while LFI’s Mélenchon criticizes Macron’s interference in government formation. Read more Subscribers only French elections: Macron’s letter…

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François Ruffin, endorsed by the left-wing Nouveau Front Populaire alliance, won the second round of the parliamentary elections in the 1st constituency of the Somme. Here, in Paris, on July 9, 2024.ED ALCOCK / MYOP FOR LE MONDE François Ruffin, supported by the left-wing Nouveau Front Populaire alliance, secured victory in the parliamentary elections despite challenges and critiques of his former party La France Insoumise. Reflecting on a shift towards youth and suburban areas, Ruffin emphasized the importance of catering to all demographics to revitalize the left. Analyzing the Election Results While the left celebrated a victory, Ruffin cautioned against…

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The left celebrates unexpectedly strong results in the legislative elections, with the Nouveau Front Populaire (NFP) winning 182 deputy seats. However, the road to a NFP government remains long, as an absolute majority of 289 deputies is needed. Despite the jubilation, the left must now strategize and negotiate alliances to form a viable government. Mélenchon rejects ‘combinations’ The left-wing parties, led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, are united in their refusal to form alliances with the presidential camp. They are adamant about not compromising on their principles and maintaining the integrity of the NFP coalition. Measures such as repealing the pension reform…

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Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of La France Insoumise, speaks after the results of the first round of parliamentary elections, in Paris on June 30, 2024. DIMITAR DILKOFF / AFP In a surprising turn of events, the left-wing alliance called Nouveau Front Populaire emerged victorious in the June 2022 parliamentary elections, surpassing the Rassemblement National and Ensemble, Macron’s coalition. The alliance, consisting of the Socialists, Communists, Greens, La France Insoumise (LFI), and Place publique, attained 28.1% of the vote in the first round, showcasing a strong performance amidst high voter turnout. Read more French elections: Far right surges in first round,…

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The looming question of who would become France’s prime minister if the left were to win the upcoming parliamentary elections remains unanswered. The left-wing parties, forming the Nouveau Front Populaire alliance, have yet to decide on a candidate, leading to a growing list of potential contenders. Read more Subscribers onlyThe four days that led to the Nouveau Front Populaire left-wing alliance As names like Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, François Ruffin, and Fabien Roussel are brought into the spotlight, the debate intensifies on how to select the right candidate. Socialist leader Olivier Faure and LFI coordinator Manuel Bompard have clashed over…

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La France Insoumise representatives Clémence Guetté, Aurélie Trouvé, Manuel Bompard and Paul Vannier arrive at Europe Ecologie-Les Verts headquarters in Paris on Monday, June 10. AGNèS DHERBEYS /MYOP FOR LE MONDE After the collapse of the NUPES alliance, a new Popular Front has emerged to unite France’s left-wing parties in the face of upcoming elections. Leaders from different parties came together to form this alliance, focusing on preventing further division and countering the rise of the far right. Despite differing viewpoints, the left remains determined to create a unified front to prevent disaster and strengthen their political standing. By setting…

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Raphaël Glucksmann, Parti Socialiste-Place Publique lead candidate, at La Bellevilloise, Paris, June 9, 2024. LAURENCE GEAI / MYOP FOR LE MONDE A Rollercoaster of Emotions: Glucksmann’s Election Night Raphaël Glucksmann’s headquarters at La Bellevilloise in Paris erupted with joy on June 9 as Parti Socialiste-Place Publique (PS-PP) received 13.8% of the vote, hinting at a victory. Glucksmann’s new political space aims to differentiate from the radical left. The Socialists were relieved of past failures and saw potential for unity. However, the mood shifted as President Macron announced the dissolution of Assemblée Nationale, sparking debates on the left’s future. NUPES alliance…

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Raphaël Glucksmann, Parti Socialiste-Place Publique lead candidate, arrives to vote in the European elections, in Paris on June 9, 2024. LAURENCE GEAI/MYOP FOR LE MONDE Raphaël Glucksmann, the candidate for Place Publique and Parti Socialiste (PS), exceeded expectations in the European elections, securing 14% of the vote, doubling his 2019 performance. He closely trailed the presidential camp’s candidate, Valérie Hayer, with 15.2%. This victory marks a new chapter for the Socialists, aiming to reshape the left’s balance after past disappointments. Glucksmann’s ambition to create a political alternative gained momentum, challenging the status quo. A New Beginning With dreams of a…

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Emma Rafowicz, president of the Young Socialists, at the Parti Socialiste (PS, left) headquarters in the Paris suburb of Ivry-sur-Seine, June 23, 2022. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP In a powerful demonstration between Place de la République and the Grands Boulevards in Paris, supporters gathered to advocate for the Palestinian cause amidst the conflict with Israel. Led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of La France Insoumise, and French-Palestinian lawyer Rima Hassan, the event also saw Emma Rafowicz, president of the Young Socialists, marching to make her mark in the European elections campaign. Despite being the niece of an Israeli army…

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