La gauche molle

‘La gauche molle’ is an expression I heard a lot of yesterday on europe1 French radio from Paris. I bridled up, thinking the political commentators were calling the French ‘left wing’ ‘feeble, soft, spineless’. The names of François Hollande and Ségolène Royale were bandied around a lot. But a friend who lives in France told me she thinks this may be a way of saying ‘the moderate left’. I shall keep listening in, and if anyone out there can enlighten me….thank you in advance.

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