Chirac's wife hints at third term for husband

15th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 15, 2006 (AFP) - Bernadette Chirac, the wife of the French president, hinted Wednesday that her husband could yet run for a third term in April's election despite polls showing he has no chance of winning.

PARIS, Nov 15, 2006 (AFP) - Bernadette Chirac, the wife of the French president, hinted Wednesday that her husband could yet run for a third term in April's election despite polls showing he has no chance of winning.

In an interview with Le Nouvel Observateur magazine, Bernadette Chirac said it was too early to speak of the end of the Jacques Chirac era.

"We are not in the aftermath (of Chirac). Too many people think we are already in the aftermath ... You know, there can still be surprises. The situation in the world is complex. Sometimes everything suddenly changes," she said.

Chirac, who celebrates his 74th birthday in two weeks, has refused to rule out running for a third mandate, saying he will announce his decision early next year. A recent poll showed that more than three quarters of the public do not want him to be a candidate.

"You know my husband is very popular. I can see it very clearly in the provinces. It is the destiny of France that is at stake, and he feels very strongly about it," she said.

Bernadette Chirac said her husband had fully recovered from the "vascular incident" which confined him to hospital for a week in September last year.

"You see how fit he is? My husband is not the least bit senile. When I read the things I do about him sometimes, it is shameful!," she said.

On the Socialist Party favourite for the presidency Segolene Royal, Bernadette Chirac said: "She has a look; she is very photogenic, one has to admit. You know just being a woman is not enough to win, but it helps. It plays on the subconscience."

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