Sarkozy v Royal?
Although the party nominees have not been found yet I do think it will be between these two. Sarkozy is a no-brainer but indeed Mme Royal (Ségolène Royal) is not quite past the post yet and the internal elections at the PS will be interesting to follow. On France and the coming elections in general I found a small and reasonable articles from AngusReid Consultants about the coming French elections. The background stuff is rather crude but as we say ... passable.
'The presidential election is scheduled for Apr. 22, 2007. If no candidate garners more than 50 per cent of all cast ballots, a run-off would take place on May 6.
In September 2006, the centre-right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) has five prospective nominees: Interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy, prime minister Dominique de Villepin, defence minister Michèle Alliot-Marie, employment minister Jean-Louis Borloo and National Assembly member Nicolas Dupont-Aignan.
The potential contenders for the Socialist Party (PS) are leader of the Poitou-Charentes regional government Ségolène Royal, former presidential candidate and prime minister Lionel Jospin, former finance minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former culture and education minister Jack Lang, former prime minister Laurent Fabius, and current PS leader François Hollande.'