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Ségolène has her Howard Dean moment?

The Woman who would be Queen is dodging around Quebec at the moment, and has been saying some very bizarre things about the utter hash she made of her run for the Elysée. None of it was her fault, naturally.

Jospin has a book coming out later in the month, and it looks as though Ségo has seen the galley proofs or somesuch as she seems quite well informed about what he and others (do I hear François Hollande being mumbled sotto voce?) have to say

Le Figaro thinks she is being ironic in commenting "Reading these works I had the impression that if I was Joan of Arc, I would already have been burnt at the stake".

I am not sure she does irony, and there is context which strengthens my stance:

"[Father] Forgive them, for they know not what they do".(And Le Figaro makes the point that she is quoting scripture. I am not gilding the lily. C) "I forgive those who attack me as I think they do me less evil than they do to the Socialist Party, or to the Left".

However, here comes the ne plus ultra:

"Unfortunately I also believe that there was - and perhaps it was sub-conscious - in all of these attacks sexism, and to see it so strongly, and even I am surprised by it, I think it is connected with racism".

Royal may well have been born in Dakar, but it was in a Senegal under French rule and no-one could mistake her for being anything other than French to a degree that the Front National would approve of.

Perhaps the split up with Holland has been particularly trying, or given that Jospin was born a Protestant and Royal is Catho maybe she might have been conflating creeds with races.... Of the other big beasts of the Left or 'elephants' as the French press calls them, Fabius, Lang and Strauss-Kahn are Jewish by birth, while Martine Aubry and Hollande look to be Catho.


Draw your own conclusions, but I don't think Royal looks anti-semitic.

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Blogger gitanodemurcia said... 10:33 pm

She is such a cun@. hopefully she goes soon. Hearing her voice again was like a nightmare haunting me.  



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