Socialist candidate Segolene Royal has clarified her position on Turkish membership in the EU in her new book, saying that:
"I'm favorable to it in principle but not now because Europe is broken down, and before enlarging it, it has to be re-launched. The reasons why I am not favorable for the moment are not due to Turkey, but Europe: It needs a pause and a time of stabilization of its borders. Because today, the majority of its inhabitants no longer know where it starts and where it ends, what purpose it serves and where it's heading."
Royal also said, as before, that she would allow French voters to decide the issue. If anything Royal has at least made herself unique among the major candidates, who are for the most part lukewarm if not hostile to the idea of Turksih membership. It also gives Anglo-observers, many of whom support Nicolas Sarkozy but are strongly against his hostility to Turkish entry into the EU, one more doubt to consider.
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