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Segolene Royal--a Breath of Fresh Air in France and the Newest, Hottest Prime Minister
Yulia Tymoshenko, The Hottest Prime Minister(Now resigned.)
Yulia Tymoshenko Wikibio
- Yulia Tymoshenko - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Yulia Tymoshenko, born in 1960; first female prime minister of Ukraine. She has brains as well as beauty--a Phd in economics and 50 published papers. She was a successful businesswoman before entering politics.
11-30-13NYTimes--Ukrainians Back in the Street to Back Accord with European Union
- Ukrainians Back in Street to Support E.U. Accord - NYTimes.com
After the police violently dispersed a protest in Kiev, thousands took to the streets to denounce President Viktor F. Yanukovich's refusal to sign accords with the European Union.
10-11-11NYTimes--Yulia Tymoshenko Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison
- Ukraine’s Ex-Premier, Tymoshenko, Jailed for 7 Years - NYTimes.com
The sentence was the maximum demanded by prosecutors on charges that Yulia V. Tymoshenko had harmed Ukraine's interests as prime minister.
Yulia Tymoshenko Wikibio
Sarkozy weds Carla Bruni
French Leader and Ex-Model Wed in Quiet Ceremony Ben Curtis/Associated Press
Carla Bruni and Nicolas Sarkozy in Cairo in December. Their very public courtship struck some of the French as distasteful, and it created protocol problems when the two traveled together.y ELAINE SCIOLINO Published: February 3, 2008
PARIS - She has called herself "a tamer of men" and described monogamy as boring.
The French President's Lover (January 13, 2008)
A Politically Dangerous Liaison for France's President (January 8, 2008)
Disneyland Date Has Sarkozy in the Limelight (December 18, 2007)
But on Saturday morning, only three months after their first meeting, the super-model-turned-pop-singer Carla Bruni and the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, were married in a small, 20-minute civil ceremony at the Élysée Palace.
Official confirmation came initially not from the Élysée but from the mayor of the Eighth Arrondissement, who officiated at the ceremony; the presidential palace is in that district.
"I married two voters of the Eighth Arrondissement district who live at 55 Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré!" Mayor François Lebel told Europe 1 radio, giving the Élysée's address.
Clearly enjoying his sudden celebrity, Mr. Lebel added: "The bride was in white. She was ravishing as usual. But the bridegroom wasn't bad either."
About 20 family members and close friends witnessed the ceremony, which Mr. Lebel described later in a telephone interview as "intimate, warm and familial."
"The newlyweds were visibly emotional and in love," he said. "They kissed after their exchange of vows."
Marisa Borini, the bride's mother, was less gushy. "They got married this morning at the Élysée," she said in a brief telephone conversation in Italian. Asked to describe the scene, she said she was busy and hung up.
It was several hours before the Élysée issued a one-sentence statement confirming the wedding. "Ms. Carla Bruni Tedeschi and Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy would like to announce that they were married this morning in the presence of their families and in the utmost privacy," it said.
Nicolas Bazire, who leads the private investment company of the French billionaire Bernard Arnault, and Mathilde Agostinelli, director of communications for Prada France (and a close friend of Mr. Sarkozy's second wife, Cécilia), were the witnesses for Mr. Sarkozy, Mr. Lebel said on French television. The actresses Farida Khelfa and Marine Delterme were witnesses for Ms. Bruni.
In the last two months, Mr. Sarkozy's popularity has dropped precipitously, both because of his failure to revive France's ailing economy and what has been called the "Carla effect."
The exceptionally tolerant French did not seem bothered that Mr. Sarkozy's 11-year marriage ended in divorce in October, after his wife left him. But his very public relationship with Ms. Bruni, an Italian-born heiress who has been linked romantically with a variety of men - from Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton to former Prime Minister Laurent Fabius - struck many of the French as lacking taste.
So did their exchange of about $125,000 worth of presents at Christmas.
Foreign publications have reveled in digging up photos of Ms. Bruni, 40, in various levels of undress, and posting them on the Internet.
However, the marriage will end the protocol nightmare that resulted from the couple's love affair and is likely to be embraced by the romantic French.
"It's better to have a companion to whom you can tell everything," the former first lady Bernadette Chirac told RTL radio.
Asked whether the event would upset life at the Élysée, she replied: "I don't know, but it doesn't stun me. I find it very joyful! A marriage at the Élysée is marvelous!"
World events intruded on the day of celebration. As rebels penetrated the capital of Chad, a former French colony, Mr. Sarkozy held a crisis meeting at the Élysée and spoke by telephone with Chad's president.
The twice-divorced Mr. Sarkozy, who just turned 53, is only the second president to be married while in office. Gaston Doumergue, a lawyer, Protestant and the son of a winemaker, was single when he was elected president in 1924. Twelve days before he left office in 1931, he married his childhood sweetheart.
Meanwhile, Cécilia Sarkozy remains in the news as the subject of three recent books.
One of them, "Ruptures," by two French journalists, details her role in the release from Libya of foreign health care workers who had been imprisoned on charges of infecting children with the virus that causes AIDS.
The authors described her as the "James Bond girl from Neuilly," the upscale Paris suburb where the Sarkozys had an apartment.
When underlings of the Libyan leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, resisted his orders to free the prisoners, they wrote, she ordered her bodyguards to shoot open the cell locks with their handguns.
Maia de la Baume and Basil Katz contributed reporting.
Carla Bruni on the Catwalk
- Carla on the Catwalk
Slide show from Vanity Fair of Carla Bruni modeling some fetching outfits.
France's First Lady, Carla
It's not the look you would normally associate with a First Lady. And the photographer who captured this image the new Mrs Nicolas Sarkozy - former model Carla Bruni - claims he has photos that are even more explicit
Simone de Beauvoir, respected for her beauty as well as her brains
In Her New Book, Segolene Sticks a Knife Into Her Ex-lover, Blaming Him For Her Defeat
Segolene Royal in her just published book rips fellow Socialists and her former partner Francois Hollande for failing to support her election campaign. She vowes to run again and defeat Sarkozy in the next election in 2012.
Here's a link to a Times Online story on Royal's book introduction.
Segolene and Mate, Francois Hollande, Split
Split of Segolene Royale and her mate, Francois Hollande, likely to complicate life for France's Socialist Party. Reportedly Ms. Royal said the coupls's 25year relationship ended because of Hollande's infidelity.
Waiting for Sarkozy
Can Sarkozy and the next American president reverse the damage of the Bush administration? Salon.com article by Gregory Levey. http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2007/06/15/sarkozy/
Sarkozy Appoints Liberal as Top Diplomat
Bernard Kouchner a not very diplomatic liberal appointed as France's top diplomat by Sarkozy.
Sarkozy wins in huge turnout
SEGOLENE ROYAL Defeated by Nicolas Sarkozy
Sarko vs. Sego in The Nation
NY Times Article Today Tilts Toward Sarkozy
Video Message from Segolene Royal
- Dailymotion - Message de Sgolne Royal - une vido News & Politics
News, politique, actualit, international, culture, loisir, rumeur, people... Suivez l'actualit politique franaise et internationale travers des vidos et reportages du Monde, Mediapart, Radio France, Rue 89, Arrt sur image.
Candidates Spar as Election Nears
Candidates Seek Votes in the Center
Sego accuses Sarko of Sucking up to Bush
French Election Wide Open
First Spouse in France? Not any time soon!
Royal and Bayrou Mating Dance?
SEGOLENE v. SARKOZY in the Run-off
Preliminary results indicate that Nicholas Sarkozy received about 29 percent of the votes and Segolene Royal approximately 26 percent. CentristFrancois Bayrou was third with 18 percent, and he may hold the key to a Royal victory if an alliance can be arranged. Turnout in the primary was high--84 percent of eligible voters. Here is the NY Times report 4/22 pm reportL
Royal Gains on Sarkozy as Vote Nears
This morning's NYTimes reports that a recent poll put Segolene Royal only one point behind Nicholas Sarkozy, 26 percent to 27 percent. Another put Sarkozy's lead at 28 percent to 23 for Royal.
Segolene Royale Asks for Women's Votes
In the final days of the primary election, Segolene Royal appealed for women to support her candidacy. Some women in her party criticize this tactic. Here's the latest on the election from the NYTimes, April 19,2007:
Segolene Royal Courts the Suburban Immigrant Vote
Immigrant Issues Affect French Election 3-30-07
As the first round of the election approaches in three weeks immigration issues have become an increasingly important factor with the positions among the major candidates ranging from Sarkozy's proposal for a "ministry of immigration and national identity" on the right to Royal's and Bayrou's emphasis on employment and assimilation of immigrants. Both have criticized Sarkozy's proposal Two years ago Sarkozy's promise to rid French North African and Muslim suburbs of "scum" touched off days of rioting. Here's the latest from the NY Times on the upcoming election.
3-10 Three Candidate Race in France
A Neither/Nor Candidate Comes to the Fore NY Times 3-8
It's hard to get a bad picture of Madame Royale
Segolene's Opponent, Nicolas Sarkozy
- Segolene videos
Here's a chance to brush up on your French!
Interior Minister Sarkozy Sails to Presidential Nomination
- Sarkozy sails to presidential nomination
Right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy accepts his party's presidential nomination January 14.
The leading candidate for President of France is Segolene Royal, a moderate socialist and quite a looker. If she's elected, she'll join Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany and Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile. Women heads of state seem to be increasingly in fashion.
GENDER WAR A LA FRANCAISE SHAKES UP POLITICAL ARENA--Candidate turns her sex into an asset
Segolene Royal is capitalizing on her feminity and winning support, especially among French men. Pardoxically, women are more skeptical. Here's a long article on France's current political phenomenon by Elaine Sciolino in today's NY Times:
A CANDIDATE ABROAD
Segolene Royal's 5-day swing through the Middle East generates criticism from the right. She stakes out a more middle-of-the-road position on Palestine-Israel than the traditional Arab-leaning French position.
Segolene Royal pays a visit to former French protectorate, Lebanon.
Royal Promises Changes
Segolene and Hillary--future presidents?
Segolene Royal Closer Bikini Photo Controversy
Profile of Segolene Royal by John Thornhill in Arts & Weekend Magazine
The French Hillary
- The French Hillary
Salon's take on Segolene
First Woman President of France?
Yulia Tymoshenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine
Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, President of Argentina
After the Caudillo by David Rieff, NYT Magazine 11-18-07
A new woman head of state--Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina
150 Women Who Shake the World
- Women In The World The Daily Beast
They are heads of state and heads of household, angry protesters in the city square and sly iconoclasts in remote villages. With a fiery new energy, women are building schools, starting businesses, fighting corruption, harnessing new technologies....