Royal meets Argentina's 'Queen Cristine'

29th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 October 2007, BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - It was a meeting of two politicians who shared a dream of becoming their country's first elected woman president -- only one had failed where the other looked headed for victory.

29 October 2007

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - It was a meeting of two politicians who shared a dream of becoming their country's first elected woman president -- only one had failed where the other looked headed for victory.

Vanquished French presidential candidate Segolene Royal told reporters in Buenos Aires Saturday she had spoken with Argentinean First Lady Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner before the latter headed off for her own election battle Sunday for the country's presidency.

The one-hour private chat between the two -- both known as snappy dressers and sharp political operators -- was held on Friday shortly after her own arrival in the capital on a private trip, Royal said.

The 53-year-old French Socialist said she had found the 54-year-old left-wing Argentine senator, wife of President Nestor Kirchner, to be "very determined" ahead of Sunday's election.

She lauded Fernandez for "inventing a new alliance between the exercise of authority... and at the same time keeping her femininity," and said the two spoke of the problems of being a woman in politics.

The two had already met in Paris in February, when Royal was campaigning for the French presidency, a race she ultimately lost to Nicolas Sarkozy.

Royal left open the possibility that she would again see Fernandez late Sunday, presumably to share predicted victory celebrations.

She also said she would not be meeting the other woman Argentinean candidate Elisa Carrio -- in a distant second place in the polls -- but would be going to Chile on Monday to meet that country's female president, Michelle Bachelet, before returning to Paris.

AFP

Subject: French news

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