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It is not at all the opposite of what I'm proposing. I agree with putting the focus on institutions change, the rule of law and a clean state. In fact, that's what Ségolène Royal is proposing to Bayrou in her call, especially focusing on the "impartial" state.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Tue Apr 24th, 2007 at 12:13:54 PM EST
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Ok, glad we agree. Where I think I differ is that I'm not sure an alliance of the "alternative left" can be much of a factor in this election. With respect to May 6, I think Royal has all the votes to her left she is going to get.

Beyond the election, I think its an important element of public debate largely because of the power of its arguments (and the appeal of its spokes-persons such as Bove and Besancenot) but like Hulot's "ecological pact," there is not actually a mass support of voters behind it.

by desmoulins (gsb6@lycos.com) on Tue Apr 24th, 2007 at 12:33:37 PM EST
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Actually re-reading your post above, I think we do agree on "how she can win" and perhaps also on whether or not the "pole radical" can be an electoral force in the future?
by desmoulins (gsb6@lycos.com) on Tue Apr 24th, 2007 at 12:35:51 PM EST
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What must Royal say in the debates which would give hope to the French people but at the same time; differentiate herself greatly from Sarko? My fear is her trying to triangulate gives credence to Sarko's position.

Clinton's triangulation gave the US Bush and Blair's triangulation will possibly give the UK,Cameron so triangulation allows the right wignuts like Sarko to be chameleon-like since the opposition is also.

Differentiate herself from him in the debate; define in a calm, focused way what will be destroyed by Sarko if he is elected seems to be her only move now and hope women will want to vote en masse since it is the women's time to be President. After all, the men have had too many chances, unfulfilled promises and outsized egoes to do any good.

by An American in London on Tue Apr 24th, 2007 at 12:34:11 PM EST
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