Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Valls seeks to head off a possible united front against him – The Point

Party to the adventure presidential in leaving her port de Matignon, Manuel Valls will have to conduct a difficult crossing between the mines of all those who would like to see it drop to the primary of a PS very divided.

The candidate is now an ex-Prime minister, replaced on Tuesday by Bernard Cazeneuve, who had already succeeded to place Beauvau. Farewell sedans of official motorcades, the palace of the Republic, support of prefectures and embassies for the travel, a firm of several tens of heads, well-filled…

Back in the mode of “small business”, Manual Valls has earned since announcing his candidacy Monday in Evry of the rallies: the boss of the PS senators Didier Guillaume, the deputy of the Ardeche, Olivier Dussopt classified aubryste. Side government, Juliette Méadel, Laurence Rossignol, Pascale Boistard, Patrick Kanner, Ericka Bareigts or Harlem Desire boarded the ship vallsiste.

After his talk at 20: 00 on France 2 on Tuesday night, the former tenant of Matignon has found some 150 parliamentarians from “support” according to his supporters. “We were rather pleased” with the number of participants, said a member of the campaign.

But the supports are not happening necessarily at the pace hoped for, while a front anti-Valls is taking shape among his opponents.

“The gathering is in the works, but this campaign will be tough,” admits one lieutenant of the Prime minister who says he is “not worried”.

The new Interior minister Bruno Le Roux, who at the end of October had called Manuel Valls of “more legitimate to wear our colors” in the event of cessation of Holland, has made it known on Monday that he “expected to see”. As Stéphane Le Foll and François Rebsamen, other lieutenants of François Hollande.

The mini-reshuffle on Tuesday was certainly not meant for open war with the Elysée: Bernard Cazeneuve is much more “vallso-compatible” as a Stéphane Le Foll, which was also part of the “first-ministrables”. At the handover of powers, he said, “his steadfast friendship” Manuel Valls, without, however, to give direct support to the campaign of his predecessor.

- Le Guen exiled -

But he saw Jean-Marie Le Guen, close to Manuel Valls, lose the strategic secretariat for relations with the Parliament for the benefit of the +Dutch+ André Vallini.

on The side of the primary, the senator of the left wing of the PS Marie-Noëlle Lienemann intends to withdraw its bid and has promised in all cases to support “he who will be in a position to beat Manuel Valls”.

According to an Ifop survey-Fiduciary aired on Tuesday and achieved after the resignation of François Hollande, but before the formal nomination of Mr. Valls, the latter is due to win 10% of voting intentions in the first round of the presidential election, far behind François Fillon (27.5 per cent).

No take-off so that it remains screwed in the fifth place, behind also Marine Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron, and Jean-Luc Mélenchon. But Manuel Valls remains the socialist candidate in the best position, in front of his rivals in the primary, Arnaud Montebourg and Benoît Hamon, credited of 6% and 4% in case of investiture.

If the previous failures of Jacques Chirac in 1988, Edouard Balladur, in 1995, and Lionel Jospin in 2002 showed the difficulty to combine the prime minister and candidate for the presidential election, Manuel Valls must now prove that the model of “freedom” is a better track. The only previous Georges Pompidou, within the confines of the 60′s, would be of little use.

Manuel Valls, has placed its declaration under the sign of “reconciliation”. It has ranked in the radius past the “hard words”, “misunderstanding” and its about polemics (“positions irreconcilable” with Mélenchon, “explaining it is a little excuse” on the attacks, etc)

Not a question of launching a dirty war for a primary that takes place in seven weeks (22-29 January), while surveys promise the elimination of the left in the first round of the presidential election at the end of April.

“The left is challenger, it is 4th or 5th, so you have to be careful,” says a vallsiste.

on Wednesday, Manuel Valls, will initiate a campaign that wants to “ground” in the Doubs region of france, earth industrious of the Is. He will attend a meeting in Audincourt, the scene of a duel tight between the PS and the FN to a legislative partial in 2015, eventually won by the socialist Frédéric Barbier.

06/12/2016 23:47:20 – Paris (AFP) – © 2016 AFP


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