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Thanks Jerome for rather insightful article (I do not read WSJ as my days as economist and social science researcher are over) and for the name for that "elderly Socialist referee" - it was Jospin with quite forgettable face and surname.

It seems Ms Segolene tries to move to political center - lefties with their rigid economical views should accept it. I doubt in France there are many downtrodden discriminated poor people except minorities and dwellers of wealthy suburbs will decide results of these elections. If she can find the key to their problems and worries, strike emotional chord with them through her participative democracy meetings, at the same time accomodating some views of the left and minorities she has a fairly good chance to claim Elysee palace. In this case the only chance of Mr Sarkozy camp will be protraying her meetings as electoral gimmick.  

by FarEasterner on Thu Feb 8th, 2007 at 05:21:14 PM EST
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