Paris (AFP) – the first round of the primary organized by the PS is moderately mobilized voters Sunday mid-day, the organisers announcing a participation in the net withdrawal compared to 2011, for this consultation at the end very indecisive.
“We are 400,000 voters” about 63% of the polling stations, “which would give us, if we did an extrapolation on the total at around 600,000 voters,” said the chairman of the commission on organization of the primary Christophe Borgel, at the headquarters of the socialist party.
The PS had been reported in 744.000 voting at this stage in the first edition of this consultation before the 2012 presidential election, while the polling stations were more numerous (9.425 against 7.530 Sunday).
“We never thought from the beginning of the morning, given the weather (cold, ed.), a mass of people in the polling stations,” said a little later Mr. Borgel on BFMTV. “I think participation will rise in the day.”
Arnaud Montebourg, one of the favorites of the election, was assured that it was”a good figure”, “I am delighted”, he said on BFMTV.
Among the seven candidates in the election, Manuel Valls, Arnaud Montebourg and Benoît Hamon seems to be the best placed, according to the latest polls, but only two finalists will be in the second round in a week, to three months of a presidential election that promises to be difficult for the final winner, whatever it is.
voters have until 19: 00 to vote for a contribution of one euro.
Some voters seemed to be discouraged in advance by going to vote. “The seven applicants, it is too much. The political landscape has me worried and the agenda of the right makes me fear the worst,” confided thus Richard, 80 years old, interviewed in Lomme, near Lille. Another pensioner, Francis, was already thinking that the PS would have “no candidate for the second round.”
The organizers are hoping, however, that a high level of mobilisation, that they wish to between 1.5 million and 2 million voters, will give the chosen candidate the momentum necessary to climb up in the duel presidential final on 7 may, currently rather promised to François Fillon and Marine Le Pen.
polls put for the moment, the candidate winner of the primary often in 5th position, behind the former minister, Emmanuel Macron, and the representative of France insubordinate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
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“It must be that the French, the voters, going to vote, here, now,” said the former Prime minister, Manuel Valls, who said that he was “serene and confident”, after having voted in Evry.
Arnaud Montebourg, the participation “shows that the people of the left is not engulfed,” he said in his fief of Montret (Saone-et-Loire).
“A strong participation would give a lot of legitimacy to the one who will be chosen,” she said Benoît Hamon in Trappes (Yvelines), while Vincent Peillon, in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, wished “that there was more than one and a half million” of voters, to “give force to the left.”
The goals remain far 4.3, and 4.4 million voters of the two towers of the primary from the right in November, and the 2.7 and then 2.9 million voters in the primary PS of 2011.
new figures of participation are expected after 17: 00.
president François Hollande, travelers in Chile, did not participate in the vote, but he assured her that he is”interested in the French political life”. For his part, Prime minister Bernard Cazeneuve has deposited his ballot at the headquarters of the socialist party, street of Solferino, in the early morning.
The candidate environmentalist Jean-Luc Bennahmias has voted, very smiling, in Marseille, François de Rugy at Nantes, and the president of the Party’s radical left Sylvia Pinel to Castelsarrasin (Tarn-et-Garonne). All three are left far behind in the voting intentions.
Elsewhere on the left, Jean-Luc Mélenchon remained skeptical, believing that a disclaimer, in fine, of the nominee during the primary “is a part of probability”, either in its favour or for the benefit of Emmanuel Macron. “What good is a socialist candidate ?”, he said in the Sunday Newspaper.