Excellent news – Segolene Royal has won the vote in the French Socialist Party to become their candidate for the Presidential elections in the spring of 2007. Stories from EUObserver and BBC. She won a resounding 60.62% of the vote with Dominique Strauss-Kahn on 20.83% and former prime minister Laurent Fabius on 18.54%.
This really shows that the PS has rejected its more loony tendencies (for now) and having selected the dynamic, pragmatic candidate, give themselves a real chance of managing to win the Presidency against a challenge almost certain to come from Nicolas Sarkozy. I’m not sure I necessarily like all of what Royal stands for, but she is without doubt the best bet. Further, with Merkel in Germany and the possibility of a female President in France, the dynamics of EU politics will be radically different – a real end to the Franco-German macho approach.
The Labour Movement for Europe will be following developments closely, and we’ll also try to organise a visit to France for Labour Party members to see what’s going on.