Friday, December 22, 2006

Sarkozy gets support from Socialist

Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy has gained a bipartisan victory today, when former Socialist Health Minister Bernard Kouchner announced that he was ready to play a role in a Sarkozy "government of national unity".

"If there is a government of national union, superceding usual divisions, if there is a true 'team of France', yes"

Kouchner is an interesting fellow; he entered politics through the French Communist Party, but in 1971 he co-founded the Nobel peace-prize winning Doctors Without Borders. He served as Health Minister from 1992-1993 under Socialist PM Pierre Bérégovoy, and then took a number of European and UN positions throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. Although he is a registered member of the Socialist Party, Kouchner has been highly critical of the Socialist presidential campaign, saying that they should not "lie to those who suffer".

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