Monday, November 20, 2006

Will the French elect their first woman President?

Last Thursday, Ségolène Royal won the Socialist Party's nomination for President of France in next year's election, as she became France's first-ever female presidential candidate representing a major party. She is currently a member of the National Assembly as well as the President of Poitou-Charentes region.

According to Wikipedia, On the issue of Iran's development of nuclear technology, Royal initially took a harder line than even U.S. President George W. Bush. In a televised debate, Royal contended that any nuclear power program must be prevented since it would inevitably lead to weapons production. When she was criticized by French politicians for not understanding the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which gives signatories the right to nuclear power for non-military purposes, Royal softened her position and, through a spokesman, said that a civil nuclear program should be allowed as long as United Nations inspectors were permitted to conduct spot checks. Perhaps her election may soften France's stance against Iran's nuclear program.

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