March 12, 2007

IF HE WOULDN'T MARRY HER WHY SHOULD THEY ELECT HER?:

Poll surge unsettles French socialists' bid (Martin Arnold, March 12 2007, Financial Times)

Ségolène Royal's faltering presidential campaign was dealt a further blow on Monday as François Hollande, the leader of her Socialist party and father of her children, admitted he was worried she would be knocked out in the first round of France's election next month.

The comments underlined how worried Ms Royal's campaign team is about the surprise surge in opinion polls by François Bayrou, candidate of the centrist UDF party, who has caught up with her in opinion polls and been dubbed the third man of the campaign.

Mr Hollande evoked the memory of the socialists' disastrous performance in the last presidential elections, when far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen came second, eliminating Lionel Jospin, the former prime minister.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 12, 2007 8:51 PM
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