Daniel Cohn-Bendit revoked his membership of the French Greens on Sunday in protest at the party's decision to oppose the ratification of the European Union's budget discipline pact. 'Red Danny', as he was known for his student activism, has served as deputy for French Green parties since 1999 and is co-president of the European Parliament's Green group. French Greens voted against the terms of the pact at an assembly yesterday, concluding that it would not provide long term solutions to the EU crisis nor help environmentally friendly policies.
France should ratify the pact early next month. Amajor revolt in the coalition could force the PS government into rleying on the conservative opposition. Cohn-Bendit said: "I've decided to suspend my participation in this movement. It's clear to me that deep down, things are finished between me and Europe-Ecologie." It may exacerbate tensions within the group, which supports France's Socialist-led government and has two ministerial posts.
Mr Hollande is probably not biting his finger nails quite yet but amongst his most popular ministers are the two Greens.