"To accept to speak with a member of Hezbollah, an organization that preaches the destruction of Israel, has provoked and lead a war against Israel while entering Israeli territory and taking hostages was already a fault."
The CRIF, a French Jewish organization that was already angry at Royal for not accepting an invitation to speak, also criticized her for speaking with a member of Hezbollah.
On the other side of the aisle, Ms. Royal had a very close friend at her defense. François Hollande, her romantic partner and chairman of the Socialist Party, reiterated that Royal did not immediately react because of a problem in translation and considered the matter closed.
Royal should get used to these political semantics-wars, for the UMP is going to pounce on each mistake to try to characterize her as a lightweight. Just before the last mid-term election in the US, Senator John Kerry had his future presidential ambitions utterly destroyed because the Republicans seized on a botched joke of his, and made it appear that he was insulting US troops. Royal will not ruin her candidacy on a single mistake, but the cumulative effect can be powerful.
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