If this is beginning to seem like too much, it is. This week began with Segolene Royal appearing to support the sovereignty of Quebec, which sparked widespread criticism from the Canadian government. Several days later, Royal accidently revealed that she had absolutely no idea how many nuclear-armed submarines the French navy had.
Today came a third gaffe. A French comedian named Gérald Dahan called the Royal camp while impersonating the premier of Quebec, Jean Charest.
Employing a fake Quebecois accent, Mr Dahan said that Ms Royal’s expression of sympathy for the sovereignty of the Québécois people would be comparable to him coming to France and supporting the idea of Corsican independence.
Laughing, Ms Royal replied: “The French would not be against this by the way. Don’t repeat that. It will create another incident in France. It’s a secret.”
An extract from the conversation was broadcast on Friday by RTL radio.
Royal's spokespeople immediately tried to play down the incident, ensuring that everything she said was in jest. We'll have to see who has the last laugh on election day.
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