Author pitrou
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Date 2013-09-30.18:40:39
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Either way, the runtime inconsistency is a bug. Since we shouldn't break existing code, I would vote for always allowing unicode format strings, rather than always disallowing them.

Another argument is that str and unicode are generally substituible in 2.x when they are pure ASCII (which they are here).
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