Chavez: 'Heart' lies with French Socialist Royal

24th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

CARACAS, April 22, 2007 (AFP) - President Hugo Chavez confessed Monday his heart lies with Socialist Segolene Royal, battling to become France's first female president, against rightist Nicolas Sarkozy.

CARACAS, April 22, 2007 (AFP) - President Hugo Chavez confessed Monday his heart lies with Socialist Segolene Royal, battling to become France's first female president, against rightist Nicolas Sarkozy.

"We have not met, but (as a) woman and socialist, our heart is with her," Chavez said.

Chavez also repeated his affection for French President Jacques Chirac, calling him "a good friend" of Venezuela in difficult times.

"I invited him here for a retreat. I hope he visits one day," he said.

Sarkozy won 31.18 percent of Sunday's vote ahead of Royal on 25.97 percent, according to final official figures. Turnout was a near-record 83.77 percent.


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