“A job for all, a decent job for everyone. It is under this name that the Socialist Party is organizing this Thursday evening a “live” on the Internet which officially launches its “primary of ideas”, with a view to building a project for the 2022 presidential election. A title that makes people cringe in internal at a time when the party decided to lay off 21 employees – in accounting, in the secretariat – compensated by the creation of 9 positions. Or the elimination of a quarter of the permanent workforce of the PS.
“It twists my stomach, recognizes Olivier Faure, the party boss. Because they are not only employees but people with a militant commitment. “” The first secretary receives them one by one to find a solution for them, specifies someone close to management. With all the local communities that we run, it is unimaginable that we will leave them behind. “
Clean up finances before the presidential election
Objective of these restructurings: “To approach the presidential race calmly”, we explain modestly to the PS. In addition to the layoffs, Olivier Faure, also announced on January 26, during a national office, reductions in operating costs as well as, according to our information, a “flattening” of relations between the party, its federations, the Bear (University Socialist University Research Office) and Fneser (National Federation of Socialist and Republican elected officials).
The goal is to “ensure a better distribution of allocations between the party and these bodies, according to their financial capacities”, specifies Pernelle Richardot. The PS treasurer says she is calm today with accounts which in 2020 showed a slight surplus of 4 million euros and the certainty of “closing the comet tail of the 2017 crisis.”
18 million fewer public subsidies
In 2017, the party, which suffered defeats in the presidential and legislative elections, had already had to thank 54 people. This electoral sinking had melted public subsidies from 25 million euros per year to 7 million euros. Since then, the PS has lost seven MEPs and five senators and suffered a drop in contributions in all federations. This “financial disorganization” even goes back, according to a document revealed by Le Canard Enchaîné, to the bad management of the party between… 2010 and 2017.
The sale of the prestigious headquarters on rue de Solférino in Paris (45.5 million euros) to move to Ivry-sur-Seine in more modest premises (4.5 million euros) will not have been enough to relaunch the socialist vessel. No more than the future (re) move of Ivry to the Cité Malesherbes, in the capital, or the lightening of the lifestyle implemented by Rachid Temal – who led the party provisionally between 2017 and 2018 – then Olivier Faure, such as the replacement of the expensive summer university in La Rochelle by a more economical exercise, in Blois.
Le Foll and Rebsamen take the plunge
Forgotten, too, the majestic congresses at a cost varying between 2, 3 and 2.5 million euros. The next one, which should be held in Villeurbanne (Rhône) but whose date has not yet been set, will not exceed 500,000 euros. “This Congress is already budgeted, so it is not financially threatened”, insists the entourage of Olivier Faure.
It is true that in December, when the party’s accounts were consolidated – a particularly complex operation without which the budget would not have been validated by the National Commission for Campaign Accounts and Political Funding – Pernelle Richardot had had the unpleasant surprise of finding a bank overdraft … of 6 million euros.
Not enough to extinguish the discontent of some elected officials. Stéphane Le Foll, the mayor of Le Mans, former minister of François Hollande and author of a motion competing with Olivier Faure at the last Congress of 2018, has just written, with François Rebsamen, the mayor of Dijon, a letter to the first secretary , to obtain the publication of a regular financial report.
“There is no transparency. We have no figures on the payroll, on all expenses, says Stéphane Le Foll. It looks like there will be no primary, and now no money, so no congress or presidential campaign. However, no campaign, no victory! “
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