Ségolène Royal

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Ségolène Royal

Marie-Ségolène Royal (born 22 September 1953 in Dakar, Senegal) is the Socialist candidate for the 2007 French presidential election. In the first round of voting for that election, on April 22, 2007, Royal received 25.9% of votes to qualify for the second round to face Nicolas Sarkozy, who received 31.2%. Either Royal or Sarkozy will be elected the next President on May 6.

Royal is good-looking, impeccably dressed and typically French. Her father Jacques Royal, is a Catholic, conservative French army colonel.

She is a National Assembly member and the President of the Poitou-Charentes region.


Writings

  • Le printemps des grands-parents, Editions Robert Laffont
  • Le ras-le-bol des bébés zappeurs, Editions Robert Laffont
  • Pays, paysans, paysage, Editions Robert Laffont
  • La vérité d'une femme, Stock. (A Lady's Truth)

Policies

Segolene Royal has promised to implement leftist economic policies that will "frighten the capitalists." She also calls for European opposition to "the American hyperpower." [1]

She is known for her admiration for some "Third Way" policies (and has been compared to Tony Blair in this respect), for her insistence on the importance of the "welfare state" and for her support of participatory democracy and devolution.


References

  1. http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20070424-102752-8335r.htm