France: Besancenot in top 50 to 'frame' future of capitalism

March 27, 2009

French revolutionary socialist and leader of the New Anti-capitalist Party, Olivier Besancenot, was listed among the 50 people who will "frame the debate" on the future of capitalism in an article in the British Financial Times on March 10. Besancenot is part of a list dominated by capitalist politicians, central bankers, financial investors and mainstream economists.

The Financial Times listing said: "Olivier Besancenot, 34. French party leader. The Trotskyist postman who heads the New Anticapitalist party, France's biggest extreme-left group, dreams of using unrest triggered by the recession to overturn the social and political order. Rated in polls as France's most effective opposition politician, he has fought two presidential elections, winning well over 1 [million] votes in each."

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