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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Une semaine décisive

by Jean-Paul Piérot

A Decisive Week

Translated Thursday 21 December 2006, by Henry Crapo

The choice of candidate for the presidential election in 2007 enters its final stage

Having succeeded in holding impressive unitary meetings in Le Mans, Grenoble, Montpellier, and elsewhere, and having created a spectacle of disarray and division in Saint-Ouen the 9-10 December, can the unity of the anti-liberal Left be preserved? Witnesses from the scene of the national meeting of the French Communist Party (PCF) testify that the anger and disappointment caused by the blockage of the candidacy of Marie-George Buffet have not caused the mass of militants to desert the movement. And what is true for communist militants seems also to be true for many collectives.

By launching a new consultation of its some 100,000 members, the PCF refuses to settle for a failure of the assembly. They might well have proceeded, as proposed by some militants, to an immediate designation of the candidature of Marie-George Buffet, despite the lack of double consensus [1], relying on her double legitimacy: her having been chosen by a majority of the collectives, after having been proposed by an immense majority of the communist party members. The national council turns again to the party members, proposing that they either confirm the choice of Marie-George Buffet, or that they withdraw it, in order to continue the construction of the unitary process.

This Monday, the party bureau will meet again with their partners in the assembly. Tuesday, the National Collective will study the first returns from the consultation of the local collectives. Wednesday, all the sections of the PCF will vote.

Whatever happens, the choice of candidate is entering its final stage.It remains to see whether there will be an agreement at the national level of the Collective. One thing is sure: the candidatures of Clémentine Autain and Yves Salesse have not survived the lamentable events on the Isle des Vannes [2]

Henceforth, several scenarios are foreseeable. In the event that the national council of the collectives will fall in line, by consensus, with the preference expressed in the local collectives in favor of Marie-George Buffet, the unitary campaign will get underway without delay.

If some new element is introduced, some possibility of agreement, perhaps for another candidate (the name of Francis Wurtz has come up in many contexts), the PCF will consult with its organizations and militants.

If the blockage persists at the summit, despite all, the communists will bear in mind these recent consultations and will enter into the campaign with those who want to carry on the combat in the anti-liberal Left in the spirit of unity. No possibility can be excluded, and the coming days will be decisive.

See also:

— The Ballot Distributed to Party Members

— The Communists Want M.-G. Buffet and Unity

— We Want to Continue

— Resignations

[1of participating organizations, and of local collectives

[2Site of the national assembly of the collectives, 9-10 December.

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