Tuesday, 25 November 2008

French Socialists at war

Evil g brings good news from France: the socialist party is in disarray.  

Lille Mayor Martine Aubry, the former Minister who masterminded the legendary 35-hour week, won 42 votes more than her bitter rival, 2007 Presidential candidate Ségolène Royal, in the Socialist Party leadership battle.  

Royal, whose allies claim her rival cheated, won 49.98% of the 134,784 votes cast, and is now demanding another ballot.  

According to Julien Dray, an MP and Royal backer, “The only possible solution is another vote.” Manuel Valls, another MP and one of Ms Royal's top lieutenants, claimed there was fraud, and called for the membership to "rebel."

The Socialist Party has not won a Presidential election since 1988.  

The café where French socialists come to bicker after doing their 35 hours of work

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