Seven leaders of France’s Socialist party have presented their visions of France in a bid to win support as the party’s candidate for the presidential election next year. The favourite – Ségolène Royal – took to the podium first, at a party conference in Lens.
She was followed by her nearest rival, former prime minister Lionel Jospin. Royal said: “2007 will be a confrontation between two visions of France and two opposing concepts of how to apply power. Solidarity on one side and brutality on the other.” Jospin, in his speech, urged militants to choose a candidate who stands for party values. “People feel a lack of hope,” he said. “It is better to propose real left-wing policies than run after public opinion to give them that hope.”
Laurent Fabius, taking his turn, targeted the man the party’s candidate will probably have to defeat – Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy. “Mr Sarkozy is a dangerous man. But the danger is even greater when he has talent and significant financial and media backing.” Socialist Party activists decide who their presidential candidate will be in November.