Marie-Ségolène Royal (born 22 September 1953 in Dakar, Senegal) was the Socialist candidate for the 2007 French presidential election. On May 6, 2007 Nicolas Sarkozy won the French presidential election. The socialist Ségolène Royal conceded defeat, by a 53-47% margin.
Her father Jacques Royal, is a Catholic, conservative French army colonel. Royal attended the prestigious Ecole Nationale d'Administration. She has also a Degree in Economics, Graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. At the Ecole Nationale she met François Hollande, the leader of the Socialist Party and father of her four children. Both collaborated with the staff of Socialist President François Mitterrand.
She is a National Assembly member and the President of the Poitou-Charentes region. On March 27, 2000, She was appointed as Minister at the Ministry of Employment and Solidarity, with delegated responsibility for Childhood and the Family.
- 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 Woman's Truth)
Segolene Royal has promised to implement leftist economic policies that will "frighten the capitalists." She also calls for European opposition to "the American hyperpower." 
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.