“Just as une hirondelle ne fait pas le printemps (one swallow does not make a summer), une primaire ne refait pas un parti politique (one primary does not remake a party). But looking back at yesterday’s first ever US-style primary to decide the French Socialist Party’s candidate to oppose incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in next year’s presidential election in France, the French left can legitimately feel a little better about its chances than any time in the recent past.”

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