De Robien hails Spanish left 'more modern'than 'backward' French Socialists

16th March 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 16 (AFP) - The Spanish Socialist party, which won a surprise victory in Sunday's elections, is more "modern" than its equivalent in France and should form a useful partnership with the centre-right government in Paris, the French transport minister Gilles de Robien said Tuesday.

PARIS, March 16 (AFP) - The Spanish Socialist party, which won a surprise victory in Sunday's elections, is more "modern" than its equivalent in France and should form a useful partnership with the centre-right government in Paris, the French transport minister Gilles de Robien said Tuesday.

"We are going to have a partner who is much more European, and a governing majority much more in harmony with the policies of the president, prime minister and government - notably on Iraq," Robien told RMC Info radio.

"The Spanish left seems to me to be altogether more modern and less backward-looking than the French left ... who are still stuck in the class struggle," he said.

The French government has welcomed the election of the Socialist Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, which it hopes heralds a shift in the balance of power inside the European Union.

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