Long dominant force on the left, the PS is in a critical situation. Its candidate, Anne Hidalgo (1.75%), finishes behind Jean-Luc Mélenchon (LFI, 22%) but also Yannick Jadot (EELV, 4.6%) and Fabien Roussel (PCF, 2.3%). Even in Paris, the mayor obtained only 2.2% of the votes cast.
The former party of François Mitterrand and François Hollande is going through an existential crisis, resulting from an old discrepancy between a speech in the opposition which brings it closer to Jean-Luc Mélenchon, and an action in the government which brings it closer to Emmanuel Macron. Consequences: the departure of voters to the first and that of elected officials to the second.
This electoral fall raises the question of a political space, between the Macronist center and the Melenchonist left, for a government left in agreement with European integration and social-liberal reformism. Especially since, if in 2017 its candidate Benoît Hamon was a representative of the “rebellious” minority of the party, this time Anne Hidalgo comes from its majority. In short, the PS is ideologically and electorally affected in its heart.