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Here comes a civil war for the French Left

Martine 'daughter of Jacques Delors' Aubry won the leadership of the French Socialist party in November last year. Our old friend, the perhaps highly strung Ségolène Royal did not take it very well at the time, and appeared something of a sore loser. At the time I wondered (if not aloud, it would seem) if she would stalk off in a hissy fit and start a Ségo Party, but noted this:

"Most native conspiracy theorists have tired of banging on about the 2000 US Presidential election, so maybe they can switch their attentions to the shenanigans among their fellow travellers on the other side of the Channel.

Given that Sego lost by all of 42 votes to Martine Aubry, I suppose it was unrealistic to think that Madame Poitou Charente would accept defeat with anything other than her usual gracelessness and peevishness. Anyway, both camps have evidence of 'irregularities' in the voting so this one could run and run, generating huge amounts of amusement for the rest of us, and - with any luck - end up in a split in the PS.".
And now a couple of French journos have published a book called 'Hold Ups, Arnaques et Trahisons', which I'm going to render as '..Swindles and Treacheries'. Nice cover too:

Anyway, the two French hacks are alleging full blown Kennedy Chicago-style electoral malpractice in favour of La Aubry in her Lille fiefdom: "Lille was not an isolated case in the North and certain anonymous sources estimate the extent of the fraud as up to 1,000 votes in favour of Aubry".

So, Ségo says this: "It was known that there had been fraud, but not so systematically or to such an extent”. “I think that this cannot be allowed to stand - for the sake of the activists who voted, for public opinion, for the French, for the principle of democracy, for morality in politics”. So, she's not shrugging it off, shall we say. Never knowingly under melodramatic is La Ségo.

Aubry's spokesbod says the book is 'cut and paste job of things already said, already written'. Fabius is backing Aubry. One should note that Aubry is very much a party insider, and Royal a comparative outsider. Feel free to draw parallels with past Labour leadership contests.

Soo, if the French left was in a mess before hand, now it may well be heading for meltdown.

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OpenID neilreddin said... 7:33 pm

Aah, Lefties at each others' throats. Never fails to warm the cockles of the heart.  



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