No rest for the weary: website lets rips on 'Sego'

17th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 17, 2006 (AFP) - A new website attacking Ségolène Royal as a political disease to be cured launched in France Friday within hours of her presidential candidacy triumph in a Socialist Party primary.

PARIS, Nov 17, 2006 (AFP) - A new website attacking Ségolène Royal as a political disease to be cured launched in France Friday within hours of her presidential candidacy triumph in a Socialist Party primary.

'Segostop', as the irreverent site calls itself, accuses Royal of being autocratic, opportunist, populist, inconstant, vague and a danger to French democracy.

It also picks on celebrities who have voiced support for Royal, among them Madonna, who said the snappily dressed Frenchwoman "has class".

The group behind the website says it is composed of political activists, many of whom belong to centrist and right-wing parties. They have banded together to show "the incompetence and lack of stature Ségolène Royal has to assume the job of president".

"Believing that Ségo-mania and the Socialist platform she represents constitute a dangerous illness for France, we have decided to unite to stop this virus spreading," they say.

After presenting a resume of Royal's career in less than glowing terms, the site — sprinkled with cartoon caricatures of its target — suggests a few "remedies" to her policies.

All of them, on employment, democracy and security, hew to the themes put out by Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy — the likely conservative candidate Royal will face off with in the race for the French presidency next April.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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