French rugby team given Royal inspection

15th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

BONDOUFLE, France, Feb 14, 2007 (AFP) - Segolene Royal, the Socialist candidate in April's French presidential election, paid a surprise visit to the French rugby team training camp here on Wednesday.

BONDOUFLE, France, Feb 14, 2007 (AFP) - Segolene Royal, the Socialist candidate in April's French presidential election, paid a surprise visit to the French rugby team training camp here on Wednesday.

Royal, accompanied by her special advisor, Jack Lang, and Bernard Lapasset, president of the French Rugby Federation, spent a few minutes on the pitch meeting the players.

She stopped to chat to Vincent Clerc, the winger who scored the last gasp try to gift France a 20-17 win over Ireland in the Six Nations game at Croke Park on Sunday.

France manager Jo Maso said: "It's been three months since we'd planned to train here and she only let us know yesterday (Tuesday) that she'd be passing to see the players.

"She's a citizen just like any other and we gave her a warm welcome."

So too did the 5,000 crowd made up largely of local schoolchildren.

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Subject: French news, Presidential elections, Segolene Royal

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