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Toulouse Congress, 2012

Socialist Party (France) leadership election[1]

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  Harlem Désir Emmanuel Maurel
Candidate Harlem Désir Emmanuel Maurel
Party PS PS
Percentage 72% 28%

First Secretary before election

Harlem Désir

Elected First Secretary

Harlem Désir

The Second Toulouse Congress was the twenty-third national congress of the French Socialist Party (Parti socialiste or PS), the congress was held from October 26 to 28, 2012, in the city of Toulouse in the Haute-Garonne.

First Secretary Martine Aubry announced that she would not run for a second term. The National Secretary for Coordination Harlem Désir became the next party leader.


Five motions were voted upon by members:

  • Motion 1: "Mobilise the French People for a Successful Change" (Mobiliser les Français pour réussir le changement): Led by Harlem Désir and supported by Martine Aubry, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, all socialist members of the Cabinet and a majority of MPs.
  • Motion 2: "Matter of Principle" (Question de principes): Led by Juliette Méadel and endorsed by Gaëtan Gorce.
  • Motion 3: "Now the Left" (Maintenant la gauche): Led by Emmanuel Maurel and supported by Marie-Noëlle Lienemann, Gérard Filoche, Jérôme Guedj and the Utopia movement.
  • Motion 4: "Dare. Further. Faster" (Oser. Plus loin. Plus vite): Led by Stéphane Hessel and supported by Pierre Larrouturou.
  • Motion 5: "Toulouse, my Congress" (Toulouse, mon congrès): Motion led by Constance Blanchard.

Results of the Motions vote[2]

Popular vote
Motion 1 (Désir)
Motion 3 (Maurel)
Motion 4 (Hessel)
Motion 2 (Méadel)
Motion 5 (Blanchard)

Election of the First Secretary[3]

Popular vote
Harlem Désir
(Big tent)
Emmanuel Maurel (Left-wing)

On October 12, 2012, Emmanuel Maurel confirmed that he would be a candidate for the Party Leadership.[4] He lost to Harlem Désir.