The millions of citizens who installed François Mitterrand and François Hollande at the Elysee Palace, who gave the parliamentary majority to social democracy and who have elected for forty years so many socialist mayors in most large cities, these millions of citizens are lost. Their left, in fact, sank and disappeared in a few years, at breakneck speed. In the recent history of Western democracies, this is not that common.
A significant number of these French people chose Emmanuel Macron for the 2017 presidential election; they even constituted its electoral base in the first round. The “neo rocardism” displayed suited them rather. Two and a half years later, let’s agree that about the Head of State, they doubt, in particular his economic and social policy. Yet all the polls show that, for all that, the majority of them have not deserted the ranks and participate (more or less) 30% who maintain their confidence in Macron. A paradox, no doubt … But in a large part of the so-called “moderate” left, the fear of emptiness serves as a reminder of macronism.