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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-26-12 06:22 AM
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French May Day labor fest sparks election battle

I am so encouraged that a leftie seems to have a shot at unseating Conservative Sarkozy. Meanwhile, solidarity with French workers, whom Sarkozy accuses of trying to private May Day, a workers' day.


Tue, Apr 24 2012

French May Day labor fest sparks election battle

By Brian Love

PARIS | Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:03am EDT

(Reuters) - Left-winger Francois Hollande accused President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday of trying to hijack a centuries-old May Day celebration of labor rights for political ends days before France's presidential election runoff.

Hollande, tipped to beat the conservative Sarkozy in the May 6 ballot, faulted his adversary for calling a rival rally near the Eiffel Tower on May 1 in a challenge to the annual trade union event.

"I regret that Nicolas Sarkozy has exploited this (event) to go in search of conflict," the Socialist candidate told France Info radio, saying he would leave May Day to organized labor.

"May 1 is a worker celebration that trade unions across the world decide upon, and I consider it is not for politicians to interfere, even during an election campaign," Hollande said.

Read the rest of Sarkozy's anti-worker claptrap here:
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