Jospin's 'Trotskyist' past?
farmelantj at juno.com
Fri Jun 8 12:11:47 MDT 2001
I don't understand, what's the big deal here. I thought
that Jospin's Trotskyist past was common knowledge.
BTW Chirac was affiliated with the Communists back
in his student days. Then again I was suprised when
people were shocked over Mitterand's extreme right,
Vichyite background. I had thought that was common
On Fri, 08 Jun 2001 08:30:04 -0700 sol dollinger <soldoll at inreach.com>
> At 07:08 PM 06/05/2001 -0400, you wrote:
> >CNN. 5 June 2001. Jospin admits Trotskyist past.
> >PARIS French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin has admitted past links
> to a
> >revolutionary Trotskyist organisation.
> >Jospin had previously denied any involvement with radical
> communists but
> >during parliamentary question time on Tuesday said he had done
> >to be ashamed of.
> >"It is true that in the 1960s I showed an interest in Trotskyist
> >and developed a relationship with one of that movement's groups,"
> >told the National Assembly.
> >"It was a personal, intellectual and political process ... that I
> >nothing to be red-faced about."
> >The 63-year-old, who has steered a centre-left [read: class
> >collaborationist] course since becoming prime minister in 1997,
> said he
> >was drawn to Trotskyism in his youth because of its anti-Stalinist
> >"I met several remarkable men, and that contributed to my
> >Jospin told lawmakers.
> >"What is important today is what I have done in the past four
> years, and
> >also maybe what we will do together in the future."
> >Jospin has been coy about expectations that he will challenge
> >conservative Jacques Chirac in next year's presidential election.
> >Tuesday's Le Monde newspaper said that Jospin's involvement in the
> >Trotskyist International Communist Organization (OCI) movement was
> >secret because he was still a student at the prestigious Ecole
> >d'Administration, the training ground for France's political elite.
> >He quietly maintained relations with the movement for over 20
> years, the
> >paper said.
> >Other lawmakers immediately demanded to know why it had taken
> Jospin so
> >long to confirm what have been persistent rumours.
> >"It is not the fact that he used to belong to the extreme left that
> >poses a problem, it is the fact that he hid it," Reuters quoted
> >arch-conservative Philippe de Villiers saying.
> >Ironically the accusations of a hard-core Marxist past have
> >at a time when Jospin's coalition allies, the Communist Party, have
> >attacked him for being too moderate.
> >Jospin was forced to delay voting last week on a key bill
> >mass lay-offs after the Communists said it was too kind to big
> >For those who read French, the Le Monde article...
> >Barry Stoller
> >Proletarian news & Leninist debate
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