The battle to be France’s Bernie Sanders
Arnaud Montebourg is the latest in a crowded field of presidential candidates on the Socialist Party’s fringe. By NICHOLAS VINOCUR
PARIS — Leftist firebrand Arnaud Montebourg is basing his bid for the French presidency on a simple bet: that François Hollande is so dismally weak in opinion polls a strong left-wing candidate could easily snuff out his chances of winning re-election next May.
“I ask him [Hollande] to think about his decision, to consider the facts, to take into account his historical and unprecedented weakness in the eyes of the French,” Montebourg said Sunday in a speech announcing his candidacy. “Our failure in front of France has everything to do with being resigned to our fate.”
It’s an argument that echoes the logic behind Bernie Sanders’ surprisingly successful primary campaign in the United States.
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