Socialist Party’s Youth Revival at Blois Summer University

Second day of the Socialist Party’s summer university in Blois in the Loir-et-Cher. The convention “let’s find the people” seems to convince the young socialists who were present in large numbers.

The young socialists were the noisiest this Saturday August 26 at the university of the Socialist Party in Blois (Loir-et-Cher). The most visible also with their hundred white flags in the heart of a large crowd. In the first minutes of his speech, Olivier Faure, the first secretary of the Socialist Party did not fail to thank them warmly.

Among these activists under 30, some young, very young socialists traveled from all over France to attend a day that was close to their hearts.

Lucas, 17, and Ethan, 18, come from Ille et Vilaine and for them, these universities are “a moment of conviviality, unity but also work”. Lucas continues: “It’s important for us to come here, to understand what the socialist deputies are doing […] Regardless of the differences (within the left), we must work together to get things done”.

For the two young activists, the union of left-wing parties is mandatory to beat the right and the extreme right in the presidential election of 2027. The Socialist Party is looking for a second wind: “Certainly, we want to be brilliant among the others but that does not mean that we have to put a spoke in each other’s wheels”, assures the young 17-year-old socialist activist.

The summer university: a place of training
A 17-year-old young activist, Sacha Prévost, a member of the young socialists for a year, hopes to be part of a new story full of success. “I still believe in this party, I really have the impression that we will be able to change things. I am not here for nothing, later I will remember that I was there today, and that Since then, the Socialist Party has managed to do a lot of things”.

More young people than in 2022

For others, the summer school is a means of political training. “I attended conferences of good quality allowing us to learn and share our ideas,” says Karl, 22, also a member of the Young Socialists. The future of PS? “The youth! The party carries the values that France needs today. There are 3,000 more members this year and we are twice as many as last year today, it’s a good sign for the future”, explain Karl and his friend Ilyana 19 years.

More and more young people are now joining the political organization of the Young Socialists. Now, the challenge is to “attract” even more. “The campus is “finding the people”, we are thinking about how to do it. We must go to young people everywhere, in the suburbs, rural areas and above all to show that the Socialist Party can answer the questions of young people, “adds Karl.

For Emma Rafowicz, the president of the Young Socialists, widely acclaimed during her speech, it is necessary “to restore the image of democracy which has suffered in France and in Europe”. For the European elections of 2024, the French left seems set to be divided or at least not unified. But, according to Olivier Faure, for the Presidential of 2027, “the left will have to be unified” to counter the right and the far right.

This Saturday, August 26, nearly 600 young people were present, twice as many as last year according to the activists. Figures to qualify because they are still far from the standards of the Socialist Party ten years ago. Proof that the left party is struggling to recover from these last two bitter failures in the presidential elections of 2017 and 2022.

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