Jack Lang to stand in 2007 presidential election

1st July 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 1 (AFP) - Jack Lang, a former minister under previous Socialist governments, declared Friday he intends to stand in France's 2007 presidential elections, possibly against current President Jacques Chirac, who has not said whether he will run for a third term.

PARIS, July 1 (AFP) - Jack Lang, a former minister under previous Socialist governments, declared Friday he intends to stand in France's 2007 presidential elections, possibly against current President Jacques Chirac, who has not said whether he will run for a third term.

"I will be one of the candidates on the list and Socialist Party members will, in a year's time, choose whom they think will be best to stand," he told France 2 state television.

Recent polls give Lang, 65, a big lead in public support over 72-year-old Chirac, whose recent backing of a referendum on an EU constitution was rebuffed by a 'non' vote.

A TNS-Sofres survey published Thursday said Lang and a former Socialist health minister, Bernard Kouchner, each had 48 percent support, while confidence in Chirac had slipped to just 21 percent -- the lowest for a French head of state since polling began 30 years ago.

Lang -- who notably brought in a wildly popular national music celebration every June 21 back in 1981 -- has twice served as culture minister and twice as education minister.

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