SÃ©golÃ¨ne Royalâ€™s ratings in the opinion polls are certainly on the up-and-up. According to a poll, published in Le Figaro yesterday she won the backing of 34 per cent of respondents (against 30% for Sarkozy). It seems like there will be a battle for the Presidency in 2007 after all, and that Emmanuel may have been unduly pessimistic about her chances. The FT has the story here. However:
In spite of her popularity, Ms Royal faces ferocious opposition from rival Socialist candidates â€“ possibly including her partner, FranÃ§ois Hollande, the party secretary â€“ to clinch her partyâ€™s nomination.
Ms Royalâ€™s popularity appears partly due to her novelty as a serious female candidate â€“ the former environment minister appeared on the cover of five magazines last week â€“ as well as her maverick campaigning style. Ms Royal has launched a website called desirsdavenir.org (desires for the future), encouraging the public to contribute to a â€œparticipative forumâ€ and promising to adopt the best ideas.
Her critics have argued that her â€œwiki-programmeâ€ has only exposed the hollowness of her ideology but it has certainly aroused the interest of Franceâ€™s internet users.