Father to Royal's kids wouldn't live at Elysee

20th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 19, 2006 (AFP) - François Hollande, the domestic partner to Socialist presidential candidate Ségolène Royal, has ruled out living at the presidential palace if she gets elected.

PARIS, Nov 19, 2006 (AFP) - François Hollande, the domestic partner to Socialist presidential candidate Ségolène Royal, has ruled out living at the presidential palace if she gets elected.

He told Le Parisien newspaper Sunday he had no intention of taking up residence in the Elysée palace, though he pointed out that his job as head of the Socialist Party (PS) meant "I could still be received at the Elysée — as PS first secretary and as an MP."

Hollande and Royal have carried on a longterm relationship that dates back to their studies at an elite political campus in Paris. They have four children together but never married.

With Royal's selection last week as the PS's official candidate for the presidential election next April, questions have been swirling around about how she and Hollande were going to juggle their respective jobs and family roles.

In Le Parisien, Hollande, said: "The best way to avoid conflict of interests... is to clearly separate political and private lives."

He added, however, that it could not be ruled out that he might end up getting a post in a Ségolène government, depending on the outcome of legislative elections that will follow within months of the presidential poll.

"Nothing is forbidden. Nothing is taken for granted, either. One has to be very careful about the image one gives in political life," he said.

Last week, Hollande dismissed as journalistic "speculation" a report in the Challenges magazine that suggested Royal was thinking of making him her economy minister.

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Subject: French news

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