Popular Socialist eyes French presidency

July 1, 2005 at 7:39 AM

PARIS, July 1 (UPI) -- Former French Socialist minister Jacques Lang says he wants to run in the country's 2007 presidential election.

In an interview on France 2 television, Lang said he would be "one of the candidates" in the jostling for a Socialist candidate in the presidential race two years from now.

A former culture minister, Lang launched the wildly successful Fete de la Musique, a day-long music spree on June 21 that has been replicated in other European cities.

A slew of polls find Lang among the most popular Socialist figures in France.

One recently suggested he would the toughest opponent of center-right minister Nicolas Sarkozy -- considered France's most popular politician -- if the two were pitted against each other in a presidential race.

If elected president, Lang said he would follow Belgium, Holland, Spain and Canada in pushing through legislation to legalize gay marriages.

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