Martine Aubrey, former Labor Minister who masterminded France’s adoption of the 35 hour work week a decade ago was the winner in the election to determine who would lead the Socialist Party in the coming years. She believes French Socialists must station themselves on the Left and offer their nation a progressive centered alternative to President Sarkozy. Her opponent, Segolene Royal refused to concede since she only lost by 42 votes and believes there is need for a recount.
The French Socialist Party has a distinguished history, but it is unclear if it has ideas which can overcome the increasingly popular Sarkozy. It is interesting that Sarkozy is now claiming the end of capitalism as we know it and the need for inventing a new economic order. Will his call for changing capitalism result in borrowing ideas from socialism? The lack of economic clarity in the modern world makes uncertain how Socialists can present a platform that deals with the current crisis. Mouthing old cliches will not work for modern Socialism, it must come forth with a progressive program that revamps capitalism while still keeping those aspects of this discredited economic system which make sense.