It is one of the pleasing moments of the book of Ségolène Royal (). In the period of the presidential Deux-tours, the Socialist candidate is found at the foot of the building of François Bayrou. It is 23 hours. She wants to get him to discuss, from eavesdroppers, of the proposal that it made him enter at Matignon if she is elected President. Embarrassed, François Bayrou hesitates then refuses to admit: "no, no, don't get, there is the world in the street." End of the romance and beginning of a new cycle which can predict that it will be much less blue flower as the previous. Because there is no doubt that if these two - there still have some common interests to defend, they are not less competitors on a major battlefield: the reconstruction of the left.
Bayrou, Royal. Two versions of a same ambition. The fact that these two major policy wounded to sunshine at the same time is not a coincidence. It is symptomatic of the quality of their jurisdiction: intact despite the setbacks they suffered. The one and the other have seen, in 2007, the possibility of a victory: until the evening of the first round, François Bayrou has doubted the ability of Ségolène Royal to qualify for the second and the possibility of Nicolas Sarkozy to embody the French spirit. to the evening of the second round, Ségolène Royal felt by a popular fervour which was not seen since the Mitterrand years. The one and the other fell top, without seeking to minimize the violence of the decompression that they have felt in the aftermath of the defeat. "I had doubts, anxiety and moments of solitude," concedes the discreet Béarnais while the Lady of the Poitou-Charentes spoke of a "form of injury, exacerbated by a sense of betrayal and injustice". One and the other suffered more reason defections, betrayals and other dagger lashes that are the lot of all defeated. The opening them was grounded. They have sublimated shock by placing it on the account of the violence of the institutions of the implacable logic of the Fifth Republic, which accuses François Bayrou, "grows to servility." They pointed to the dead: de Gaulle, become the hero of the centrist resistant, Mitterrand, remained the model the Socialist candidate, to draw the strength to continue. And now one and the other are standing, ready to wage war again. Seven months after the defeat, François Bayrou is totally hermetic States to souls of his friends and the mockery of his enemies who describe it as a "megalomaniac egocentric" "Bayrou is worse than any", launches the little charitable Simone Veil. He comes to turn fire the UDF in a democratic movement (Modem) emancipated from any addiction to the right and under its Cup entirely. Ségolène Royal balance campaign account of it in a book which looks more at the start of an attempt of reconquest at the point of arrival of a self-criticism in good and due form. Its (many) Socialist critics were, admittedly, easier. They him were so typed above and with if little nuances that drive j. sum any legitimate candidate to take the penalty and the time to defend himself.
Children of the Fifth Republic, François Bayrou and Royal share in its regard the same ambiguities that François Mitterrand. They criticize the logic but have, in fact, fully integrated its springs. They understood that the presidential election was the mother of all elections. They have seen also the quinquennium was a powerful accelerator of time: to be ready in 2012, it is as of 2007 they must leave, and too bad if they are not in the best shape.
It is likely that, for a period of time, these two solitudes will be common road. To weaken the sarkozysme, who returned against them the weapons of the opening, they have interest in the Group shot. Fire on the dangers of the hyperprésidence; fire on the mixing of the genres money, media, power the strength of the current President but also its weakness; fire on the verticality of the decisions which strengthens the authoritarian side of the sarkozysme. Royal as Bayrou advocated a "decentralized", "mollified", "participatory" Republic they want in stark contrast to the mode of current fiscal year. In common as "resistance to the established world order" (François Bayrou), the quest for "new security" (Ségolène Royal). All opposed to the free play of the market, which will lead to the "unbearable" inequalities widening.
Citizen democracy on the one hand; development of the other. This is the common core of Bayou and Royal. To be still add the will to speak true (the issue of debt is paramount in Bayrou) and lift the taboos (on the order just, security, national identity, Royal does denies any of his campaign remarks). This cocktail makes both accomplices and competitors. Because, with such a program, we understand that the priority field of their reconquest is not right but on the wastelands of a left both mutant and bewildered: Greens and the PC have virtually disappeared from the landscape, leaving the PS in direct with the extreme left on the one hand, the centre of the other.
Bayrou is the weakness of Royal: it was a party, the Modem, while small but fully control. It is only, at the edge of a Socialist Party which she was able to seduce the base during the campaign but whose head he remained hostile. This is what caused its loss in the last presidential: this violent distrust that it has generated among the elephants and which is still barely untangle share to its own shortcomings, their machismo or too innovative character of some of its proposals.
The weakness of Bayrou is the asset of Royal: it cannot create the great democratic force which he dreams that siphoning some of the voice and the troops of the PS, those who lean towards democracy and to despair Socialist ambiguities. Its success is indexed on the inability of the Socialist Party out of the ideological porridge in which has stuck it by abuse of summaries. But Ségolène Royal wants to renovate the Socialist Party. It has not yet found the right mode of employment or the new political offer that will enable it to search broadly of the centre left but it seeks. "Leave the real open large Windows": this is what it says forcefully in his book and this commitment alone is a powerful stimulant for the whole of the party, which is not far from the moment of truth since the next Congress is scheduled for next year.
For all these reasons, the restoration underway, Cahin, Duo Bayrou-Royal seven months after the election of Nicolas Sarkozy is not a totally innocuous political event.