Film director Loach backs French Trotskyist

26th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 26, 2007 (AFP) - British film director Ken Loach, maker of "Kes", "Land and Freedom" and "The Wind that Shakes the Barley", has declared his support for the Trotskyist candidate Olivier Besancenot in the French presidential election.

PARIS, March 26, 2007 (AFP) - British film director Ken Loach, maker of "Kes", "Land and Freedom" and "The Wind that Shakes the Barley", has declared his support for the Trotskyist candidate Olivier Besancenot in the French presidential election.

"In France you have a chance to vote for someone who in principle will take the side of the working people against the big multi-nationals, and I hope he's very successful. Good luck to him," Loach says in a videotaped message on Besancenot's website.

A 32-year-old postman, Besancenot is running for the second time as the candidate of the Revolutionary Communist League (LCR). In 2002 he won 4.25 percent of the vote.

Loach has a large following in France and has won several awards at the Cannes film festival. "The Wind that Shakes the Barley" -- about the Irish war of independence -- won the Palme d'Or there in 2006.

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