Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Alliance proposal heats up

Today UDF candidate Francois Bayrou, who welcomed former Socialist PM Michel Rocard's idea of a UDF-PS alliance, told reporters that he had dined with Rocard before the proposal hit the press.

Socialist and former Royal challenger Dominique Strauss-Khan is also making noise over this issue, stating that the alliance proposal is irrelevant.

"All that was said about the alliance between the Socialist Party and the UDF is irrelevant, when one is on the left, on votes on the left."

However, Strauss-Khan did say he would be willing to be prime minister under Francois Bayrou, so long as the Socialist Party held the majority in the French National Assembly.

"A Prime Minister, under the 5th Republic, is somebody who has a majority. Therefore, if there is no socialist majority within the French National Assembly, there is not a Socialist Prime Minister."

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