Ségolène Royal Blasts Ex-Lover in New Book

French prez candidate blames her party for her election loss

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 4, 2007 9:43 AM CST

(Newser) – A new book by Ségolène Royal hits stores in France today, writes the Times of London, and the unsuccessful presidential candidate apologizes for nothing in a fierce, at times vengeful 330 pages. Royal directs much of the blame for her defeat at her own Socialist party and particularly François Hollande, her ex-partner and the party chairman, who she says let her sink.

After at least six books by top Socialists blasting the candidate, Royal's publication of My Most Beautiful Story Is You seeks to solidify her position as the unrivaled head of the French opposition. While book reviews have been lukewarm, Royal is unfazed: She claims that she will run to unseat Hollande in next year's leadership race and challenge Nicolas Sarkozy once again in 2012.

Ségolène Royal has published a new book assessing her unsuccessful campaign for the presidency.   ((c) manuel | MC)
French Socialist's losing presidential candidate, Segolene Royal delivers a speech at the Socialist Party's Summer School in La Rochelle, southwestern France, Friday, Aug. 31, 2007. Royal is seen as...   (Associated Press)
Former French presidential candidate Segolene Royal attends a press conference at Chile's Socialist Party headquarters in Santiago, Monday, Oct. 29, 2007. Behind is an image of Chile's current president...   (Associated Press)
Former Socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal, left, and her partner of three decades Francois Hollande, arrive in La Rochelle, southwestern France, in this Aug. 24, 2006 file photo.   (Associated Press)
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