Former Socials Prime Minister Lionel Jospin slams second rate Segolene Royal

17th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

17 September 2007, PARIS (AFP) - France's defeated presidential candidate Segolene Royal came under withering attack from fellow Socialist Lionel Jospin Monday, who described her as a "secondary figure in public life" unfit to head their party.

17 September 2007

PARIS (AFP) - France's defeated presidential candidate Segolene Royal came under withering attack from fellow Socialist Lionel Jospin Monday, who described her as a "secondary figure in public life" unfit to head their party.

Jospin, who was the last Socialist prime minister, urged members not to choose her as their next leader at a congress next year, on the grounds that she "has neither the human qualities not the political capacities" to put the party back on track.

He made the comments in a book -- "The Impasse" -- extracts of which were printed in the left-wing Liberation newspaper.

Calling her "the candidate least capable of winning", Jospin described Royal's election campaign against Nicolas Sarkozy earlier this year as a "narcissistic face-to-face with public opinion".

Many of her ideas "belonged more normally to the far-right or populist movements," he said.
 
Royal has let it be known she may run for the leadership of the Socialist Party (PS) at next year's congress, replacing her former partner Francois Hollande.

AFP

Subject: German news

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