France's Lady of the Left

The possibility that Ségolène Royal could become France's first female President excited many readers, but others questioned whether her popularity will last through a difficult campaign

Ségolène Royal has succeeded by presenting herself as the image of honorable French womanhood and employing the politics of charm [Sept. 18]. She is adept at handling policy issues pragmatically rather than ideologically. Since her partner, Socialist Party secretary François Hollande, has also been touted as a potential presidential candidate, there is an across-the-water parallel. Like Hillary and Bill Clinton in the U.S., this may be another welcome case of getting two...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!