Saturday, February 10, 2007

100 points of light and plenty of spectators

More news on Segolene Royal's platform speech tomorrow. Royal will be proposing roughly 100 different measures as part of her presidential program, alluding to Francois Mitterand's 110 proposals in 1981.

Socialist French presidential candidate Segolene Royal is expected to propose about 100 measures in her first major platform speech this weekend, including a 5 percent boost in pensions for retirees, a newspaper reported Saturday.

The 53-year-old former environment minister will lay out her ideas in a 1 1/2 hour speech Sunday in the French suburb of Villepinte. The event, originally planned for 4,000 spectators, was moved to a larger venue. The Socialists now expect 8,000 people to attend.

But if you (or I) was expecting this to be the full summation of her plans, we were wrong.

The Socialists have been counting on Royal's platform speech to give her a boost — though they stress she will not put all her cards on the table Sunday. More proposals are expected in March.

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