Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Segolene Wrap-up

Time to catch up on some Segolene Royal news. Yesterday Royal spent her day in the suburbs where much of the rioting occured at the end of 2005, trying to reach out to an estranged electorate: "My major Presidential project will be to see these popular quarters succeed. I no longer want you to be considered as a problem, but as part of the solution." Later in the day she defended herself against a threat in the satirical newspaper Canard Enchaine that they would reveal some political dirt on her finances. Royal said that "everything is transparent" and she is not worried at all.

On Monday night the home of one of Royal's political advisors was robbed, and one laptop was stolen. Police patrolled the area last night.

Finally, today Segolene Royal has declared her opposition to a plan by Airbus to layoff 10,000 workers, which would save the company "5 billion euros over the next 4 years, and then a further 2 billion per year." This is in sharp contrast to a spokesperson for Sarkozy's UMP, who called the plan "essential."

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