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  2. True. I am convinced that the real distinction is the one I call (probably self-servingly) the national-populists vs the social-liberals. But old loyalties die hard, especially when party machines are still around to enforce them, as in France.

Ségolène Royal is going for the popular vote, which may be smart electorally speaking, and I expect that her goal is to become unavoidable in the socialist primary, i.e. to get chosen because she appears to have the best chance of winning against Sarkozy. It's her best chance as she still has little support inside the party apparatus.


In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 01:10:06 PM EST
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