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And the neolib commentators are happy to play the Bayrou card against the "extremist" Royal and Sarkozy:

While Ms Royal promises to drive France off the European cliff, Mr Sarkozy is doing his best to accelerate that journey.
While the French may be a little disoriented at present, they are not collectively stupid. Mr Bayrou appears to be more presidential than his opponents simply because he is a lot less extreme - both in terms of his personality and his political position. Two of the main qualities of success in a president are character and judgment. The French must be wondering about the political judgment of the candidates, their simplistic promises, their unfunded election promises and the constant opportunistic repositioning from left to right and back again.

But is lack of extremism going to be sufficient for Mr Bayrou to pull through right to the end?

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Mar 12th, 2007 at 06:18:08 AM EST
Our good friends over at Redstate endorsed Sarkozy a while back. I'd recommend only reading the headline and then immediately close down the browser to avoid permanent injuries.

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror" - Oscar Wilde
by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Mon Mar 12th, 2007 at 06:34:41 AM EST
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To add to Bayrou's "leftie" credentials after this endorsement from the FT's Munchau, there's the interview in Le Monde with Dominique Strauss-Kahn who says clearly there is no question of his being Bayrou's PM, and drawing a line between left and right.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Mar 12th, 2007 at 07:36:40 AM EST
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I was under the impression that Royal is very much pro-EU Constitution provided a section is added to enshrine worker and environmental rights.  How is this "driving EU off cliff?"

It is clearly the best defense of France's ability to compete economically throughout Europe and would set a good trend for the world.  In fact I believe such a clause in an approved EU Constitution would be a genuinely heroic achievement on the world scale.

by paving on Mon Mar 12th, 2007 at 04:50:01 PM EST
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