Segolene Royal's book due out next week

20th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 20, 2007 (AFP) - A much-awaited book by French presidential candidate Segolene Royal is to go on sale in bookstores next week, a month before the first round of voting, the publisher said Tuesday.

PARIS, March 20, 2007 (AFP) - A much-awaited book by French presidential candidate Segolene Royal is to go on sale in bookstores next week, a month before the first round of voting, the publisher said Tuesday.

Entitled "Now", the book compiles interviews between the Socialist candidate who wants to become France's first woman president and the editor-in-chief of Elle magazine Marie-Francoise Colombani.

The book due out on Tuesday is published by Hachette Litteratures.

It follows the release this week of a scathing book by the Socialist Party's former economics chief, Eric Besson, who resigned last month in a row over her campaign.

In "Who Knows Madame Royal?", Besson describes Royal as a glory-hunting populist who "abuses demagoguery" and whose campaign lacks clarity.
 
"In all conscience I do not think that Segolene Royal should become president of the Republic. I do not wish it for my country. I fear it for my children," Besson writes in the book, extracts of which were published in the press and on the Internet.

After a strong start in the campaign, Royal has slipped behind Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, the candidate of the governing right-wing party, in public opinion polls.

At least two polls have shown the 53-year-old former adviser to the late president Francois Mitterrand on par in the first round of voting with centrist Francois Bayrou.

A first book, to be based on citizens' contributions to Royal's website "Desires for the Future" (www.desirsdavenir.org) was announced for August 2006 by Flammarion. A first chapter was published on her website, but the rest of the book has yet to materialize.

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