After being introduced as “the next French president” by her Portuguese socialist hosts Segolene Royal said she would work to relaunch the European Constitution if elected. The French presidential candidate was the guest of honour at the annual conference of European Socialists in Portugal. She also attacked the Central European Bank and its head Jean Claude Trichet, accusing him of not following the will of Europe’s political leaders.
“It’s not for Mr Trichet to order the future of our economies, it’s up to our the leaders designated by the people,” she said. Royal has been trying to enhance her credentials ahead of next year’s presidential election since winning her party’s nomination last month. Critics have accused her of lacking coherent policies and experience on the international stage. The two day conference brings together leftist government and opposition leaders from around Europe.