She may have come second but Segolene Royal is celebrating success. With the prospect of becoming France’s first woman president, she urged the country to think carefully about its choice.
“It’s the start of a new era, she told supporters. “I want to reform France without brutalising it.” “You have given me the responsibility of continuing the fight for change in order that France rises up.”
Royal’s success goes some way to repair the damage caused to the Socialist party in 2002 when it was split and sidelined by the National Front’s historic showing. But Ms Royal is also regarded with suspicion. Some Socialists see her as too authoritarian and too conservative.