November 24, 2006

TOO DELUSIONAL TO HEAD A NATION...:

Ségolène win fires up 'grandfather' Chirac (John Lichfield, 24 November 2006 , Independent)

President Jacques Chirac has convinced himself that he is the only politician on the French right who can defeat the Socialist candidate, Ségolène Royal, in next year's presidential election.

Although he has not yet decided whether to run for a third term,M. Chirac, who is 74 next week, believes that only a "grandfather figure" can take on and deflate the pretensions of the "mother figure", Mme Royal. [...]

In an opinion poll this week, only 1 per cent of likely voters for M. Chirac's governing party, the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP), said they thought the President should stand again. M. Sarkozy scored 67 per cent.

Nevertheless, M. Chirac has convinced himself that Mme Royal's emergence will overturn the board game.


...not that it's much of one.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 24, 2006 9:07 AM
Comments

Chirac will run - but only in the hopes of deferring the indictment that awaits him when he finally does leave office.

Posted by: obc at November 24, 2006 11:49 AM

Heck, Chirac probably thinks he can seduce her into throwing the election.

Posted by: ratbert at November 25, 2006 9:08 AM
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