Potlačovaný vzestup Ségolène Royalové

Před dvěma měsíci se znalci pařížských politických kruhů jednomyslně shodovali: prezidentské volby jsou stále otevřené, ale Ségolène Royalová je jasnou favoritkou. Dnes se zdá být pravdou přesný opak. Souboj ještě neskončil, ale jako stálý favorit se nyní jeví Nicolas Sarkozy, a to nejen v průzkumech veřejného mínění, ale i u těch, kdo ho počátkem prosince označovali za téměř poraženého. Novou všeobecnou shodu lze popsat těmito slovy: Ségolène Royalová nemůže Nicolase Sarkozyho porazit, ale Sarkozy se může porazit sám.

Proč kandidátka Socialistické strany a první žena, která měla reálnou šanci na zvolení francouzskou prezidentkou, zaznamenala tak rychlý ústup ze slávy? A proč se Sarkozy projevil jako nezdolný kandidát, ačkoliv jeho osobnost často vzbuzuje negativní vášně?

Utrpí-li Ségolène Royalová porážku, nebude to proto, že je žena, nýbrž navzdory tomu. Francouzi jsou na ženu připraveni, jen možná ne na tuto ženu. Royalová je půvabná, energická, rozhodná a v mnoha ohledech překvapivá. V otázkách, jako jsou zákon a pořádek, úcta k autoritě a nacionalismus, se její postoje jeví jako velmi vzdálené od toho, co by člověk u socialistické kandidátky očekával.

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