The focus for France’s Socialists is now on the country’s parliamentary elections in June. Amid criticism of her campaign, defeated Presidential candidate Segolene Royal called for unity: “I am on my way to the Party Headquarters. I will do everything necessary to make sure we remain united, because that will be vital given what is likely to come. Unity, that will be our motto,” she told reporters.
Avoiding further losses is the main aim, said PS heavyweight Dominique Strauss-Kahn: “I did not criticise Mdme Royal yesterday. I did however criticise the failure of the Socialist Party to reinvent itself over the last five years. If anyone has contributed to the rejuvenation of the party over the last six months, then that is Madame Royal.”
Party leaders, including Secretary Francois Hollande, will decide the party’s legislative programme at a meeting on Saturday. Third placed centrist candidate Francois Bayrou is due to unveil his parliamentary plan on Thursday.