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But more worryingly for the party, the growing discontentment has seen it lose a massive amount of votes. In both the local and European elections the PS was unable to the slow the shift to the right, losing its leadership in many of France's biggest cities and coming in third in the European elections behind the far-right Front National and the opposition UMP.
The election results have "greatly weakened the authority of the government", Douglas Webber, professor of Political Science at Insead told CNBC by phone. And it is now under "enormous pressure" to bring about change, especially in the labor market.
"It foretells three difficult years for the PS", Bruno Cautres, researcher at the Centre for Political Sciences Research told CNBC by phone.
…. While scandals rock the opposition's boat
However, the main opposition party, the UMP, has not exactly benefited from the Socialists' slow descent. While the party took back many town halls in the local elections, it trailed behind the Front National in the European ones.
After Nicolas Sarkozy's defeat in 2012 and his retirement from politics, the UMP was first rocked by internal infighting and then by successive scandals.
The UMP is "in a pitiful state as it's wrecked by deep internal conflicts" explained Webber.
"The two existential problems for the UMP are its leadership and its program", said Cautres, adding that the uncertainty over whether Nicolas Sarkozy will make a comeback continuously weakens the leadership.
After the scandal which exposed that some of President Sarkozy's meeting were secretly recorded, the UMP is now embroiled in a fraud investigation. Jean-Francois Copé, accused of giving communication contracts to long-term allies and friends, announced its resignation from the leadership of the party on Tuesday, potentially opening the door to more infighting between the main three contenders to succeed him.
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