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Obama: the American Ségolène Royal.

Or so the lady herself would have it:

"Barack Obama's team spent two days at [my HQ] during my campaign. They adapted my method to the the American system".

As Libération puts it, 'it is easy to mock'. Just *a bit*.

In fairness, she caveats a little concerning the scale of things, although in Le Monde she goes further - "Yes, I inspired Obama and his team copied us”. I do not expect a namecheck for La Royal in his speech and Swedish bookmaker Betsson has the odds for words Obama will use in his inauguration speech (United States - 1.01, God Bless America 1.05, United Kingdom - 35.0, banana - 800.0, a four letter word beginning with F followed by off - 1000.0 etc etc), and there appears to be no market in 'France', 'Ségolène Royal', 'Desirs d'Avenir' etc etc. Maybe I should take this as insider knowledge and dive in and clean up?

Still, she has made some decidedly odd pronouncements in the past, so this is just another day at the office for the soi-disant Joan of Arc of Poitiers.

If nothing else, she continues to add to the gaiety of this nation as well as of her own, and I trust she will be providing me with amusement for many years to come, although I hope never from any position of power greater than that of the Presidency of Poitou-Charente.

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