Trotskyist to take sixth, final run at presidency

27th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 27, 2006 (AFP) - Arlette Laguiller, a female French Trotskyist who has a run for the French presidency a record five times, said Thursday next year's elections would be her final attempt to win office.

PARIS, July 27, 2006 (AFP) - Arlette Laguiller, a female French Trotskyist who has a run for the French presidency a record five times, said Thursday next year's elections would be her final attempt to win office.

Head of the far-left Lutte Ouvriere (Workers' Fight) party, she first emerged as a candidate in the presidential elections of 1974 and has since become a well-established figure in the French political landscape known simply as 'Arlette.'

Her radical blend of politics, which stresses the struggle of the workers against exploitation by employers, has rarely polled more than single figures in elections, however. In the last elections in 2002, she attracted 5.72 percent of the vote.

Should her final candidacy not result in success in 2007, 65-year-old Laguiller said she would remain engaged in politics.

"I would put myself forward perhaps for other regional or legislative elections," she told France's RTL radio.

She said there were between six and ten female 'comrades' who were in the running to replace her.

A productive author, Laguiller has written a number of books including 'Me, a Militant' (1973), 'Words of the Proletariat' (1999) and 'My Communism' (2002).

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Subject: French News

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