Communists go with Buffet for antiglobal alliance

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PARIS, Nov 12, 2006 (AFP) - Members of France's Communist Party (PCF) voted by an overwhelming margin Sunday to put forward party leader Marie-George Buffet as a candidate for a proposed 'anti-liberal' alliance at April's presidential election.

PARIS, Nov 12, 2006 (AFP) - Members of France's Communist Party (PCF) voted by an overwhelming margin Sunday to put forward party leader Marie-George Buffet as a candidate for a proposed 'anti-liberal' alliance at April's presidential election.

Buffet, 57, won 95 percent in a poll of the PCF's 100,000 paid-up members, with the rest shared by two other candidates who are opposed to plans for a coalition.

Last month the party's National Conference agreed to join forces for the election with some 660 "local collectives" representing various shades of environmentalist, Trotskyist and anti-capitalist politics.

The collectives are to designate a candidate for the presidential race next month, with Buffet and anti-globalisation campaigner Jose Bové the two leading candidates.

The PCF has not ruled out running its own candidate if Buffet is not chosen as the alliance's nominee.

At the 2002 election the PCF's Robert Hue scored just 3.4 percent — a result which was seen as a disaster in the party and led to calls for a broader coalition for 2007 with other forces of the far-left.

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