Friday, November 17, 2006

Ségolène

So this is what it takes for a woman to win a presidential election in France...

"Ségolène Royal, 53, is head of Poitou-Charentes regional government, and served as a minister in past Socialist governments - although has never held a major cabinet post.
She is best known for campaigns against school bullying and child pornography, and for introducing paternity leave. Her rise has been so unexpected that a book last year profiling the 15 most likely presidential winners, she was not mentioned. Although educated at an elite graduate school where she met her partner, Francois Hollande, the Socialist party leader, she has positioned herself as an outsider who will reengage with the people and end the reign of the political elite - she sees the people as the "experts", and wants citizen juries to hold politicians to account.
This year, she was the only MP among France's top 50 most loved personalities. FHM magazine voted her one of the world's sexiest women, and stolen pictures in a bikini on the beach dominated summer news. She has attracted a public curious about her difficult childhood, one of eight children in a strict family dominated by an authoritarian father, a colonel who believed women's only role was to procreate." -- The Guardian
I do have to admit that she's très charmante.
Can you imagine a world with Angela Merkel as German Chancellor, Ségolène Royal as French President and Hillary Clinton as the President of the United States? I'm sure it will be a better world...

4 comments:

iznogod said...

charmante. Charmant seria eu (masculino)

Rauf said...

Claudia, you have written my concluding post on environment

Claudia said...

Thank you, M.Charmant! Unfortunately I'm out of my depth in French, that most beautiful of languages.

Claudia said...

Rauf, all I can say is that I'm looking foward to read it.
I usually react with skepticism when it comes to global conspiracy theories of "good vs. evil" but I've also come upon enough credible hints every now and then to spark some doubts in my mind that a powerful conspiracy might indeed be going on(not that there's much I can do about any conspiracy of any kind other than to excert my voting rights at every opportunity, which amounts to very little).
Women are unfairly treated in most "civilized" societies but that's not the result of a conspiracy theory: it's absolutely natural in civilizations that have only survived by eliminating more tolerant and peace-loving ones through the use of force and violence, those most masculine traits. Those are indeed the most important characteristics upheld by the predominant civilizations historically in the name of survival and they are not very feminine characteristics.