M. Alain Krivine, the Trotskyist candidate in the French Presidential elections, addressed a meeting of?
M. Alain Krivine, the Trotskyist candidate in the French Presidential elections, addressed a meeting of his supporters last night (Wednesday) in a Paris sports centre. During the meeting, a car blew up and burst into flames outside the hall, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.
M. Krivine, a 27-year-old secondary school history teacher who has obtained leave from the army to mount his campaign, spoke to an estimated 6,000 people. He was greeted enthusiastically by his supporters and joined with them in singing the Internationale, the communist anthem. As they sang, M. Krivine and his supporters raised their fists in the traditional communist salute.
The audience then clapped and chanted. M. Krivine spoke to them about his campaign and discussed the extent of his support among the electorate.
As the left-wing candidate was speaking, an explosion ripped open a small car parked outside the hall. Firemen arrived immediately to fight the blaze which, witnesses said, appeared to have been caused by a plastic charge or a molotov cocktail. Neighbouring vehicles were also damaged by the blast.
Last night's meeting was to have been addressed by Mr. Tariq Ali, Pakistan-born militant leader of British students. But he was arrested at Orly airport earlier as he arrived from Toulouse. He was expelled and put on a flight to London.
Recently, M. Krivine urged workers to resume the struggle against the bourgeois state. The Trotskyist candidate, who played a part in last year's student and labour unrest in France, said that elections would solve nothing. He called upon workers not to stop halfway through in the revolutionary struggle.
Voting in the election begins Sunday (1 June).