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Mélenchon? He's pretty much blown as a leader of the left. He's a poor communicator. Too much framing things in terms of the history of the Republic (which most people don't relate to), too much time and energy wasted in picking fights with politicians and journalists, too much ego. He comes across as a member of the elite. Too late now for him to claw back the lost ground.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sun Aug 30th, 2015 at 11:08:46 AM EST
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Who is or could be the leader of the French Left?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Aug 31st, 2015 at 04:32:50 AM EST
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Two pols have the charisma, but are to be ruled out for different reasons. Dany Cohn-Bendit is too economic-liberal, and anyway has retired from active politics. José Bové is perceived as a sectorial (agriculture) unionist.

For reasons stated here by Bernard and myself, Mélenchon and Montebourg don't have the makings.

<scans the horizon> No one else in sight, unless I'm mistaken.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Mon Aug 31st, 2015 at 08:19:13 AM EST
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If it's any consolation, there was nobody in sight until Corbyn popped his head up

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Aug 31st, 2015 at 02:31:04 PM EST
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