Laurent Fabius officially enters presidential race

10th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 10, 2006 (AFP) - Former French prime minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday declared himself a candidate for the Socialist Party (PS) nomination in next year's presidential election.

PARIS, Jan 10, 2006 (AFP) - Former French prime minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday declared himself a candidate for the Socialist Party (PS) nomination in next year's presidential election.

Asked at a New Year's greeting ceremony for the press whether he would be a candidate, he replied simply, "Yes".

Fabius, 59, served as prime minister under president François Mitterrand from 1983 to 1985, and was finance minister from 2000 to 2002 in the government of prime minister Lionel Jospin.

Last year he was one of the leaders of the campaign against the EU constitution, which French voters rejected in a referendum on May 29.

Socialist Party members are set to choose their presidential candidate by ballot in November. The election is to be held by May 2007.

Other likely contenders are former ministers Jack Lang and Dominique Strauss-Kahn. But polls show the most popular candidate would be Ségolène Royal, a former environment minister who is the partner of PS leader François Hollande.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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