A long time ago, in a year already far away, some commenters were mentionning a recent poll showing that SÃ©golÃ¨ne Royal was now leading the race to become the socialist party nominee for the 2007 French presidential election. One salient finding of the poll was that she was supported by a plurality of both French voters (36%) and socialist sympathizers (48%).
At this point, even casual observers of the French political scene would to tempted to ask : just who the hell is this SÃ©golÃ¨ne Royal I have never heard of? Well, I’m glad you asked and I was preparing to bore you with a clumsily written and long-winded summary about the race for the Socialist party nomination and Ms Royal’s short but happy political carreer. But I’ve just found that Doug Ireland has already done it, albeit in a clear way, complete with color pictures, snarky criticism of the French press and the inevitable comparison to Hillary Clinton. So go read him and come back if you really want to know my opinion about SegolÃ¨ne Royal’s chances.