Who were those socialist MPs who did not conform with Manuel Valls on Tuesday, May 29? Who were those abstainers who seized the opportunity to air their opposition? Let us seize the opportunity too and have a closer look at dissidence around Europe.
Manuel Valls "takes on" his policy. The "dissidents" does not.
Almost every other language of our old world has a word to name those who defy the ideas within their own party, with more or less strength . First, the Italians, who are highly experienced in dealing with dissident politicians, also call them "frondisti". Even if they can be easily undestood, two of Silvio Berlusconi's supporters let him down when he was still prime Minister to create their own party, or to rally others. A good example can be Gianfranco Fini, a dissident within the People of Liberty party, he rallied the Future and Liberty movement (barely alive today), and thus betraying the Cavaliere party, which gladly retaliated with incriminating press campaigns.
Angelino Alfano too betrayed his mentor by refusing to be a member of the new party "Forza Italia" before forming a coalition with politicians on the left . An opportunist? Maybe. « Frondisti » ? No doubt.
More picturesquely, in England, they change sides. The dissidents are called "turncoats" and Prime Minister David Cameron saw quite a few changes of sides especially in August 2013 when he wished to take action in Syria.
While the Spaniards, who are logical, use the word « contestatario », the Germans use the word« deviationist», « Abweichler ». It is a very good synonymous for "dissident" , but tinged with a slight Stalinist connotation, the« deviationists » initially being those who opposed the communist regime. When you know what happened to them, we are deeply relieved that Manuel Valls's plan has passed, even with a narrow margin.