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Black Candidate Chosen for Presidential Election

December 03, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

French voters will have the choice of voting for a black president for the first time when elections are held next year.

The Radical Left Party, or PRG, has chosen Christiane Taubira, a female politician from French Guiana, on the northeastern coast of South America, as its candidate for the 2002 elections.

"The choice of the Radical Left Party is a bold and splendid move to rise above prejudice and bias," Taubira told French radio.

The PRG makes up part of Prime Minister Lionel Jospin's ruling leftist coalition.

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