Monday, November 20, 2006

Royal picks up Iranian support

Among the more curious congratulations received by Socialist candidate Segolene Royal since her primary victory has been from Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of a group calling itself the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The group is basically an umbrella organization for all the many anti-Islamic Republic of Iran factions, and works as a parliament in exile. Obviously they liked Royal's tough language on Iran, although she was criticized in the Socialist debates for it.

I think the more interesting thing to look out for if Royal is elected in 2007 is how her tough line on Iran affects French relations with Israel. France used to be a big supporter of Israel, and even helped them develop their nuclear program at Dimona in the late 1950's, but eventually France came to adopt an almost hostile tone, the exact opposite of how US-Israeli relations evolved. If, and that's a big if, she turned around French-Israeli relations, I think US-French relations would improve greatly in regards with the many Palestine and Middle East issues.

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