Monday, February 2, 2009

Ségo Tries Her Own "Ouverture à gauche"

If Sarko can take Socialists under his wing, Ségo, who has previously expressed her appreciation of Tony Blair and François Bayrou, yesterday turned to her left, even her extreme left, saying that there were "no unbreachable barriers" between her and "what is called in France the extreme left." At the anti-Davos summit in Brazil, she said that representatives of parties of government found it possible to enter into constructive dialogue with altermondialistes, social movements, and even anti-governmental parties of the extreme.

This is merely a continuation of the view that Royal has defended since her defeat, that victory for the left depends on building a broad coalition ranging "from Besancenot to Bayrou." But Besancenot is meanwhile being wooed by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a recent defector from the Socialist Party, and has shown no interest in responding to Royal's overtures.

5 comments:

kirkmc said...

It's wonderful: the Socialists criticize any semblance of rapprochement between the right and the far right, and they spread their legs for the far left, which is as odious, in its historical actions and beliefs, as the far right...

Anonymous said...

I would be interested to see how one could reconcile "Social Democracy" with "Anti-Capitalisme" (even if it's supposed to be "Nouveau").

MYOS said...

I still remember the reciprocal praise between Segolene Royal and Arlette Laguillier.
In this case, though, I think Royal is thinking of elections further down the road than the European elections in June, and is addressing extreme left voters rather than Besancenot.
Oddity: did you know that there is a sizable contingent of voters who hesitate(d) between Besancenot and Bayrou?
Apparently, both are perceived as anti-system.

Anonymous said...

Sure didn't the FN pick up a lot of ex-PCF and PS "decus" post 1981? Have to say that Bayrou seems rather a tepid anti-system vote, but there you go...

Anonymous said...

If you want to hear more about Besancenot's stance on alliances between the NPA and the PS, he was on invited on France Culture on January 27th. The podcast is still available (http://www.radiofrance.fr/chaines/france-culture2/emissions/matins/fiche.php?diffusion_id=70144).

Busy people should directly jump later in the show (around 1:24:00).

He's clearly stating that he doesn't want to get into a governing alliance with the socialists, as it would certainly mean making political decisions going against the NPS's core (anti free market) ideology. Just like the PC having to support Jospin's privatizations efforts.

It's not going to be an easy sell for Royal (on the other hand, she might have a chance since it's not sure Martine would give her a seat in the government if the PS wins the next elections).