April 18, 2007

BY FRIDAY SHE'LL BE TRADING SEXUAL FAVORS FOR VOTES:

Ségolène Royal's new message: Vote for me because I am a woman (Elaine Sciolino, April 18, 2007, International Herald Tribune)

At an outdoor rally just days before the French are to cast their ballots for president, Ségolène Royal, the Socialist candidate, came with a special message.

"I want to address myself to the women," Royal declared in the town of Achicourt in northern France on Sunday. "I need the women's vote." [...]

While Royal's plea is revolutionary, it could backfire. The wooing of women voters as women is alien to republican France, where all citizens - and voters - are supposed to be treated as equals and where gender, race, ethnicity and religion are supposed to be ignored.


One assumes that Segolene is French for "don't take me seriously."

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 18, 2007 3:00 PM
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