France's next presidential election isn't until 2012, but Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë is already bidding to be the candidate of change. Delanoë claims in a new book ("Audacity") to be both "socialist and liberal." That can be an oxymoron on the French left, where some use "ultraliberal" as a slur for unbridled capitalism.
Bertrand Delanoë put the party back in Paris. The city's Socialist mayor turned a place derided as a "museum" into the world's suggestion box for popular festivals.