In less than four months, France will have a new president, but will the president be a man or a woman? After Trump and Brexit there is a risk that the opinion polls will be wrong once again and that Marine Le Pen's nationalist right wing will come close to winning. Even if the cataclysm is avoided this time there is a real risk of her succeeding in appearing to be the only credible opponent to the liberal right for the next elections. On the radical left, hopes are of course pinned on Jean-Luc Mélenchon but unfortunately he is not the most likely winner.
From a more mundane and less rosy point of view, we do also have to accept participation in the primary organised by the left wing of the government (we refer to it in these terms since the attempt to organise a joint primary with the radical left was unsuccessful, with the risk that it may be permanently excluded from government). It is essential that this primary designate a candidate who is committed to an in-depth review of the European regulations. Hamon and Montebourg seem closer to this line than Valls or Peillon, provided that they go beyond their positions on the universal income and the 'made in France' and that they finally formulate specific proposals in place of the 2012 Budgetary Treaty (hardly mentioned in the first televised debate, perhaps because they all voted it five years ago: but this is precisely why it is all the more urgent to clarify things by presenting a detailed alternative). All is not lost, but it is urgent to act, if we wish to avoid putting the FN (Front National) in a position of power.