A Left Bank
France’s Green Party is expected to play a major role in what political analysts say will be a victory for the Socialist candidate in the race for mayor of Paris this Sunday. Taking lessons from the German Green Party, the French Greens in recent years have dropped their former hippie image to curry favor with more voters. In the process, they have won more seats across the country and become influential dealmakers, helping to tip top-level races in favor of Socialists over right-wing candidates. The Greens have brokered their support of Socialists to win backing for public transportation, car-free Saturdays in parts of the country, and even the idea of serving only organic food in some schools.