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And yet, the media noise about them is almost exclusively about the personalities and the (existing and certainly disgraceful) infighting

Implies a problem at the level of party militants: how could they have chosen such obviously (and pre-elections obviously) unfit leaders like Jack Lang who'd then betray them and go Sarko?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 09:31:48 AM EST
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He was a very popular minister of culture, thanks to his ability to get a bigger budget, and his knack for organising some pretty good events (think nuits de la musique and the like).

He was a baron in Mitterrand's court, and has been a has-been over the past 15 years, with little influence in the party other than his media relations.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 09:37:41 AM EST
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I wondered, but I find he was also in the secrétariat national at the time he considered running for Presidency.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 09:59:48 AM EST
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Jack Lang has actually had the greatest difficulty getting accepted by PS party members for years. He had to leave Blois, his former base, and get parachuted into the Nord Pas-de-Calais (not without difficulty).
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 10:01:14 AM EST
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