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Monday, January 29, 2007
French Socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal’s first interview in the Turkish media, as printed in Hürriyet on Sunday
Segolene Royal took a step toward becoming France's first woman president when she swept onto the scene after her definitive Socialist nomination last year.
The U.K. had Margaret Thatcher, Germany has Angela Merkel as chancellor and both Chile and Finland have elected female presidents in the last 12 months. So could 2007 be the year that France votes in its first Madame la Presidente? Socialist politician and mother-of-four Segolene Royal, now her party's official presidential candidate, has been riding high in the opinion polls for months.
The 52-year-old regional premier of Poitou-Charentes answered questions from Turkish daily Hürriyet's Defne Barak in an interview published on Sunday.
Royal stated it wasn't she but the people of France who had decided her candidacy, adding that not being a candidate “was not an option” for a woman of her political background given her “historical responsibility.”
Yet, as if to prove the difficulties for any woman going for the top job in French politics, the French media has occasionally focused on such burning questions as whether or not she should have worn high heels on this or that foreign trip.
So is there a way to be female in French politics without being stigmatized?
“I think every woman engaging in politics gets the same treatment," Royal told Hürriyet. "They are judged by their physical appearance. Before anything else there is consistent doubt on her credibility and personality. This is why we have to do more than others. We don't stand a chance of making a mistake.”
“They would judge me by my mini-skirt,” Royal commented. Pointing at Hürriyet's Defne Barak's short skirt, “See you could wear this when interviewing world leaders and nobody would say anything. Nobody would judge you by how you dress. But the situation is different for me.”
No massage from Bush:
Royal, a staunch opponent of U.S. policies in Iraq, believes the damage caused there has been dramatic. The terms for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq should be negotiated with the Iraqis. According to Royal any policy concerning the future of Iraq should have a strong aspect promoting economic and social development.
The war in Iraq has also cooled off relations between France and the United States, where they now call French fries, “freedom fries.”
According to Royal, the current U.S. administration and the American people are two distinct identities. “I would most certainly want to improve cooperation [between France and the United States], particularly in research and culture.”
Perhaps a brief squeeze on the shoulder from President George W. Bush, like when he massaged a surprised German-Chancellor Merkel, could bring the two countries closer, Barak suggested, to which Royal replied, “Oh no, no.”
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