Leading Socialist sees another election defeat

29th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

SAINT PRIEST, France, May 29, 2007 (AFP) - A leading French Socialist on Monday expressed hope that the party will not suffer too heavy a defeat in the coming parliamentary elections that could kill off any chance for renewal.

SAINT PRIEST, France, May 29, 2007 (AFP) - A leading French Socialist on Monday expressed hope that the party will not suffer too heavy a defeat in the coming parliamentary elections that could kill off any chance for renewal.

Former finance minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn made the candid admission during a campaign swing through the Lyon region ahead of the June 10-17 elections.

"It would be reasonable to think that the left is not going to win a majority in the National Assembly," said Strauss-Kahn, who lost the Socialist nomination for the presidential vote to Segolene Royal.

Calling on the party to engage in serious soul-searching about its future and its policies, Strauss-Kahn said "we must not suffer too heavy a defeat in the legislative elections for this debate to be carried out calmly."

Polls show President Nicolas Sarkozy's Union for a Popular Movement is set to strengthen its majority in the 577-member National Assembly, giving the rightwing leader a mandate to carry out his economic reforms.

The opposition Socialists remain in disarray, reeling from their third consecutive defeat in presidential elections and bitterly divided on how to modernize the party.


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Subject: French news

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