Saturday, September 29, 2007

Restive Youth

It seems that younger Socialists feel that the time has come not only for the old éléphants to retire but also for some of the smaller fauna who traveled with the elephant herds to make way for the lean, hungry, and spry. In Paris, Lyne Cohen-Solal and Daniel Vaillant, longtime associates of Mayor Delanoë and the Jospin current, are facing challenges for places on the ticket. The municipals next spring promise to be quite interesting. The UMP is apparently nervous that the costs of the Sarkozy reforms will make themselves felt before the benefits, if any, emerge. Fillon was dispatched to Strasbourg, where the party is meeting, to reassure the faithful and to quell continuing rumblings about l'ouverture.

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