INTERNATIONAL: Weber to head comms for the French Socialist Party

PARIS: Henri Weber has been named head of communications for the

French Socialist Party (PS), the political party of Prime Minister

Lionel Jospin.



With municipal elections being held on 11 and 18 March, Weber has been

working round-the-clock attempting to help the socialists win a number

of key races.



The most notable is that for the mayorship of Paris, in which socialist

Bertrand Delanoe is favoured to defeat Gaullist candidate Philippe

Seguin, a victory which would give the PS control of Paris for the first

time in 24 years.



He is also handling the communications for a number of key provincial

election battles, among them that for the mayorship of Lille, in which

Martine Aubry is favoured, but also the mayorship of Avignon, a post

which the PS would like to see won by present minister of solidarity and

work Elisabeth Guigou.



When municipal elections are over, Weber is expected to start the ball

rolling for Jospin's presidential bid.



Jospin is running against head of state Jacques Chirac. Presidential

elections are to be held in the spring of 2002.



Weber was until now the PS's specialist in the field of arts and

culture.



Lionel Jospin very nearly defeated Jacques Chirac in a run-off during

the presidential election in April 1995. Jospin had tried to rally

support with a campaign focusing on France's domestic problems,

especially the high unemployment rate.



Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Latest Articles

Max Clifford trial jury finishes sixth day of deliberations

Max Clifford trial jury finishes sixth day of deliberations

The jury in the trial of celebrity publicist Max Clifford on 11 charges of indecent assault has been sent home and will reconvene tomorrow morning for a seventh day of deliberations.

Analysis: Fishburn chiefs keep eyes on future despite mounting departures

Analysis: Fishburn chiefs keep eyes on future despite mounting departures

Fishburn's management have defended their reinvention of the 23-year-old agency amid industry mutterings, fed by a series of director-level departures, about the direction in which it is going.

Hit or Miss? EasyJet backs Shakespeare Day campaign with world record attempt

Hit or Miss? EasyJet backs Shakespeare Day campaign with world record attempt

EasyJet aimed to break the world record for the highest ever theatrical performance for Shakespeare's 450th birthday yesterday with the Reduced Shakespeare Company performing on a flight from Gatwick to Verona.

Top PRs to gather in Barcelona for inaugural PRWeek Global Congress

Top PRs to gather in Barcelona for inaugural PRWeek Global Congress

Senior executives from IBM, Nestlé, Vedanta, GE, Cargill, Philips and Allianz will be among the speakers at PRWeek's first Global Congress.