While the Socialist Party reacted with embarrassment and shock to former Socialist PM Michel Rocard's proposal that Segolene Royal and Francois Bayrou ally ahead of next week's presidential election, Bayrou himself greeted the idea with enthusiasm.
"I consider that it is a movement very interesting for me, a very positive sign because that means that this change of the political scene which I call of my wishes is possible and within range.
At the exit of the first round and even of the second round, this new majority, it is possible and it is known.
It is a great news for all those who looked at this project with desire and at the same time with questions...the message of Mr. Rocard is extremely clear and strong: it says 'it is possible'.
This is a very important news, a very important sign of change on behalf of the one of those which exerted with the socialist Party...I am persuaded that one can make work together opened Socialists, gaullists, around a force of the center which will assume it also its personality."