today’s rivals in the campaign for the primary of the left, the four men worked together, after the April 21, 2002, for an overhaul of the socialist Party. But this union of the facade, according to Gérard Filoche, did not use the force.
Qhich is the common point between Gérard Filoche, Benoît Hamon, Arnaud Montebourg and Vincent Peillon ? Candidates for the primary from the left, they are struggling, currently a nomination for the presidential election of 2017. But still ? They have co-authored, and the three of them headed– in 2004, a collective book which had all the appearance of a program in the perspective of 2007.
An alliance of the facade, remembers Gérard Filoche. “They pretended to agree but they were arguing all the time, on all subjects. I was rowing to try to enforce the substantive issues. It always spoke to strategies, tactics and calculations”. The book, entitled “At the heart of the left – Elements for a political project”*, spelt however the proposals of each, which remained in part a dead letter, twelve years later. Anything to stir up personal ambitions ?
Holland and the “special interests”
The book is intended to take out the left side of the torpor caused by the elimination of Lionel Jospin in the first round of the presidential election of 2002. After this defeat, Hamon and Filoche had joined the call of Montebourg, Peillon and Julien Dray for the foundation of a”new socialist Party”, published in “Liberation”. This name, “New socialist Party (NPS), will also be the one of the motion fail to overcome the First secretary outgoing, François Hollande, at the congress of Dijon in 2003.
In 2004, the trio Peillon, Montebourg and Hamon, of which the only names to appear on the cover of”The heart of the left, testifies in the introduction to his impatience : “The shock of April 21, the strategy adopted by François Hollande and his majority at the Congress of Dijon did not take the new start, though it is necessary”. The result is more creaky : “The majority of which rested on a coalition conservatory of particular interests, not have not survived the first debate, the one focusing on the european Constitution”.
a Few months before the publication of the book, the positioning of the PS for the “yes” vote in the referendum on the constitutional treaty held in 2005 has caused significant disagreements within the device between the Dutch and the fabiusiens, the latter being expressed against the text. In the first chapter of “At the heart of the left”, Vincent Peillon and Arnaud Montebourg to explain why they also call it, vote “no” : “No european project safe, supported by the peoples, we will not find either of the national project because the two are now intimately linked”. The rest is well known : in 2007, the european Constitution which the French have finally said no is recast in the Treaty of Lisbon. Ségolène Royal, as Peillon and Montebourg had supported, without reservation, is beaten at the presidential election.
pious wishes of Hamon on the media
In one chapter called “Media : resistance or submission”, Benoît Hamon did some wishful thinking. Legislation that would limit the “concentration of the mainstream news media” ? Promise of the candidate Francois Hollande, the measure has been excluded from the Law Bloche, adopted last October. An “exclusively public public channels” ? Although removed in prime time, the advertising is always the recipe to France Télévisions. Not to speak of the “prohibition of advertising” on all channels “before, during and after tv programs for children”, which is still something of science fiction.
Ardent defender of the 35-hour, Gérard Filoche already wanted to go further in the reform of the labour Code : “We must finally come back with the firm intention to bring back the maximum working week of 48 hours to 44 hours, making the additional hours “unpredictable” and “exceptional”, in the increasing order to make them more expensive, by introducing two consecutive days off for all”. Again, the NPS has not been heard. In 2016, the maximum duration of the work is always of 48 hours, the quota of overtime hours is not more than 180 hours to 220 hours and the weekly rest a minimum of 24 hours.
*Publishing The edge of the water.