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Given the way the PS behaves in negociations with its allies, with "take it or leave it" proposals, it's easy to understand Les Verts would refuse a proposal once in a while. The vagaries of a non-proportional parliament election. This row was more probably caused by PS's toughness than from any desire of the greens to go to a "neutral center" position.

And the French greens aren't only active in cities ; they have strong positions in the regions and European Parliament... (I think many here would like, say, Alain Lipietz, one of the Green MEPs)

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Mon May 14th, 2007 at 05:26:38 AM EST
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this time is the natural result of absolute weakness of the Greens in this election. It almost looks like charity at this point.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon May 14th, 2007 at 05:55:06 AM EST
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This kind of behavior from the PS (who isn't any nicer after a good showing from the greens, anyway) means the next time, vote utile will be that much less attractive...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Mon May 14th, 2007 at 11:24:50 AM EST
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The PS is in a position of awesome strength, these days, too...

Bush is a symptom, not the disease.
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon May 14th, 2007 at 11:28:31 AM EST
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Les Verts have their reasons to complain about the PS, I agree, and not just on electoral matters. There's still a strong productivist streak in the PS old base, and considerable suspicion of green stuff. That's one of the reasons (and has been for sooo long) why the PS needs to change.

All the same, it seems some of the Green political neutralists won out in this decision - according to Noël Mamère, anyway.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon May 14th, 2007 at 11:39:31 AM EST
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