Soyons clair. Nous n'aimons pas Ségolène Royal. Et pourtant sa victoire est notre : Pour la première fois dans l'histoire de France, on peut rêver qu'une femme gagne. Répétons le. ecoloPop n'aime pas Ségolène Royal. Malgré le lycée Kyoto, malgré les photos avec Yann Artus Bertrand, nous restons sceptiques sur l'avenir, avec ou sans Ségolène,  d'une civilisation au bord de la faillite.

Mais accordons lui le mérite de cette fameuse "discrimination positive" . Ses propositions de démocratie participative montrent la voie vers une société plus en harmonie avec les citoyens et communautés locales, qui à l'heure des énergies rares devront renforcer leur cohérence. Notre revue de ce soir ne s'attardera pas sur les journaux francophones : CNN , New York Times,  en disent déjà long sur celle qui risque fort de devenir la 6e locataire de l'Elysée depuis que Charles de Gaulle instaura la cinquième république.

CNN :

If the pollsters have got it right, could the glamorous and feisty Segolene Royal be on her way to securing France's Socialist Party nomination for presidential candidate -- and then on to become the first woman in charge at the Elysee Palace?

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The fact that she's a woman -- and her relative political inexperience -- have made her the subject of more domestic and international media attention than is normally devoted to a French opposition party nomination.

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So who is she?

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Thanks to her photogenic appearance, the world knows quite a lot about Segolene Royal. Everyone from Time magazine to hip web news service, Ohmynews, have been running profiles in excited anticipation of a Madame La Presidente.

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She has juggled her career with bringing up four children, now aged between 22 and 14, and to add a further interesting twist, her long term partner is Socialist Party secretary Francois Hollande.

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Royal has been accused of being a political lightweight, who lacks national political experiences and espouses vague populist policies.

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Certainly she has remained rather vague on weighty topics, such as solutions to France's high unemployment rate. She is basically a pragmatist and her main strength has been to campaign on issues that affect real people -- education, the environment and family policy.

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photos of Royal in a bikini on the beach [...] en famille doing ordinary things like eating breakfast.
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Royal has played well in the international press. Political commentator James Traub, writing in The New York Times, compared her to Audrey Hepburn, while saying that she had the people skills of Bill Clinton and the political skills of Hillary.

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"She is not one of the so-called "elephants" of the French political scene."

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On her own image, she is quoted in Time magazine as saying: "Why should one have to be sad, ugly and boring to go into politics these days?"

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Who will look after the children?"

Et le mot final revient à Sarkozy :   "a woman of quality".

Source  :
Is France headed for a Royal leader?
POSTED: 6:34 a.m. EST, November 15, 2006
By Alison Daniels for CNN