[Marxism] France Praises Chavez Mediation

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Fri Aug 31 15:21:12 MDT 2007


France Praises Chavez Mediation

Paris, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) France highlighted Friday talks between
President Nicolas Sarkozy and Venezuelan statesman Hugo Chavez, in
favor of the release of a group of people detained by the Colombian
guerrilla.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner referred to the phone call
Tuesday between Sarkozy and Chavez for the prioritized freedom of
former Colombian presidential candidate and citizen Ingrid
Betancourt.

Also on the list are contacts by the French head of State with his
Colombian counterpart Alvaro Uribe.

"We hope that President Chavez' efforts are useful," Kouchner told
the France Info radio station.

The Venezuelan leader is due to visit today Bogota, where he is
expected to analyze with Uribe the possible exchange of 45 prisoners
from the Colombia's Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) for 500
imprisoned guerrillas..

Ingrid Betancourt has been in the hands of the FARC since February
23, 2002.

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French Socialists Try to Save Party

Paris, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) The French Socialist Party will try to
restore its membership and draw up a united strategy as a main
opposition force in the country this weekend, amid division and
personal attacks.

The Socialist Party, after its presidential candidate Segolene
Royal's defeat by Nicolas Sarkozy, will analyze the situation in the
South of France this summer.

Three times defeated in the presidential elections, an intelligent
campaign by conservative Sarkozy and a shaky organization without
good leadership characterize the party.

Heavy weights like the Socialist Party's former Prime Ministers
Lionel Jospin and Laurent Fabious and the candidate to rule the
International Monetary Fund Dominique Staruss-Kahn will not attend
the meeting.

Bernard Kouchner, current foreign minister, decided to accept a top
rank at the cabinet designated by Sarkozy,

Ex minister of Culture Jack Lang appeared as adviser as well as the
once-private adviser of Francois Mitterrand Jacques Attali and the
government ex chief Michel Rocard, while critics grow inside the
party.

"The Socialist Party is ailing, confined, and everything has to be
removed and deeply transformed", noted recently one of its ascendant
figures deputy Manuel Valls.

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