The PS eked out a victory in the Doubs, 51.4 to 48.6. Participation was up over the first round, and the FN candidate received a substantial share of the UMP vote. So the worst was avoided, but the signs remain alarming for both the PS and the UMP. A prospective FN victory no longer frightens voters as in the past.
Meanwhile, Alain Juppé was jeered at a UMP party meeting after calling for a broad center-right coalition. And PS leader J.-C. Cambadélis warned his party that what it really needs to fear is not the old guard of the UMP--Sarkozy and Juppé--but the younger generation of Le Maires and Wauquiezs, who "think like Buisson [Sarko's disgraced far-right strategist] but present themselves like Juppé." He may have a point.