Thursday, December 14, 2006

Royal intent on regionalization

In a speech at the congress of the Association of the areas of France in Dijon, Socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal said that she would like to begin a new phase of regionalization in France to draw the country "upwards". In 2004 Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin launched a campaign of "decentralization", but Royal said it created "disorder and inequalities".
For Mrs. Royal, it is a question "of reconciling the State with the regional fact". On one side, "a strong State which establishes the rules, ensures equality between territories, protects", other of the territories "with which one makes confidence", which one releases "energies, the intelligences, successful experiments".

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