Saturday, November 18, 2006
France - Royal Support Stays Strong
Despite the recent video of Segolene Royal criticizing teachers and her earlier slips on Iran, Royal has seen her support remain strong in the countdown to the November 16 voting round. Yesterday she accused Laurent Fabius and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, her two Socialist rivals, of using dirty tricks against her, and she stood behind her remarks on a full 35-hour teacher work week. New polls show that if Royal faced Nicolas Sarkozy in the first round of presidential voting, they would each receive 34% of the vote. Both of Royal's party rivals would receive far less if they were selected as the Socialist candidate.