December 3, 2006

HE MUST HAVE GIVEN HER SOME NYLONS AND CHOCOLATES:

Royal stumbles in row over attack on Israel as 'Nazi' (Adam Sage, 12/04/06, The Times of London)

Ségolène Royal, the French presidential candidate, was embroiled in a damaging row on a visit to the Middle East yesterday after appearing to condone a Hezbollah MP who denounced US “insanity” and compared Israel to the Nazis.

Ms Royal, the first woman with a realistic chance of winning the French presidency, was struggling to extricate herself from the controversy sparked by a meeting in Beirut with MPs, including Ali Ammar of Hezbollah.

In a 20-minute tirade Mr Ammar attacked “unlimited American insanity” for sending troops into Afghanistan and Iraq. He then said that Israeli “Nazism” was no better than Hitler’s Third Reich.

Ms Royal, who is on her first overseas trip since winning the Socialist Party primary, replied: “Thank you for being so frank. I agree with a lot of the things you have said, notably your analysis of the US.”


Posted by Orrin Judd at December 3, 2006 8:37 PM
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Quoting from "The Band of Brothers":
The generalized view of the American GI towards the French, "The rural French were sullen, slow, and ungrateful while the Parisians were rapacious, cunning, indifferent to whether they were cheating Germans or Americans."
They also thought "the Arabs were despicable, liars, thieves, dirty, awful, without a redeeming feature."

Posted by: JimBobElrod at December 3, 2006 9:46 PM

But would she wear her bikini for Bill Clinton?

Posted by: ratbert at December 4, 2006 10:45 AM

This whole controversy is ridiculous. Criticizing her for speaking with a member of Hezbollah is fine, but for not understanding him because of a translation? No, especially when the French ambassador, who was there and has no political reason to support her, backs up her story.
French Election 2007

Posted by: Boz at December 4, 2006 2:23 PM

She's French, hating Jews is in her blood.

Posted by: oj at December 4, 2006 3:21 PM

And then they're going to make a big fuss about how "racist" LePen supposedly is.

Posted by: Ralph Phelan at December 4, 2006 5:55 PM

And then they're going to make a big fuss about how "racist" LePen supposedly is.

Posted by: Ralph Phelan at December 4, 2006 5:59 PM
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