On One Hand

May 1, 2007

More French Election Madness – Thomas Hollande and Royal endosements

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A Pretty Family:

We’ve talked about the attractiveness of Ségolène Royal, the Socialist party candidate in the 2007 French presidential election. She would not only be the first woman president in France, but also, at age 53, the hottest national leader in human history.

Ségolène Royal

A person we have not yet discussed is her son, 22-year-old Thomas Hollande, who is campaigning for Royal (BBC article) by running his mother’s website. Thomas is the oldest of Royal’s four children, fathered by Francois Hollande, Royal’s domestic partner, who is also a politician and ran against Royal for the Socialist Party nomination.

“Thomas Hollande Runs his Mother’s Website”
(BBC photo caption)

Thomas Hollande le 18 janvier 2007. REUTERS. (Liberation.fr photo caption)

Source: AFP/ BBC News and REUTERS/ Liberation.fr

It’s official; we have not only the sexiest woman in politics globally, but also, hands-down, the most attractive family in France.

Far be it from me to draw from stereotypes, especially when it comes to Europeans who break American gender roles, but it gives me some hope that Royal is extremely pro-gay in her politics, and her son, pictured above, is sitting surrounded by pink posters. Perhaps he could be persuaded by my in-depth (and mostly favorable) analysis of his mother to come out for some drinks next time he’s Stateside…

Royal’s Cheerleaders:

In other news, Royal is soaking up endorsements from several sectors of French society. A lobby of scientists endorsed her today, following weeks of endorsements from French intellectuals and artists in a country where, in contrast to the U.S. politics, big film actors are just as likely to veer to the Right-wing party.

According to public poling, Royal wins by small margins in all age categories from 18-49, especially in the youngest group. But France has a low birthrate and a top-heavy sage distribution, and Sarkozy is slightly ahead in the 50-64 category and far ahead in the 65+ category, giving him the lead.

Sarkozy has 91 percent of those who supported Chirac in the first round of the last Presidential election in 2002, and 80 percent of those who supported Le Pen then. Royal, on the other hand, dominates most of the leftist and third-party supporters. There is very little difference between the voting preferences of women and men, both giving slight leads to Sarkozy, but the lead is smaller among women.

Royal’s popularity is strongest in the Western side of France near Spain and Brittany, and in the lower-class suburbs of Paris. Districts in Southwestern France are traditional Socialist strongholds. Meanwhile, voters are more conservative in the Eastern districts bordering Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and the Mediterranean coast, and poll toward Sarkozy.

Royal is more of a pioneer than we think:

In America, France is reviled as a Leftist nation, home to pacifists, feminists, and Marxists; as if France’s disdainful take on American foreign policy somehow implies that all these other outward-stereotypes are true. But Royal is the first serious woman candidate in a country with a sorry history of women in politics. Few realize that France didn’t give women the right to vote until after World War II and has proportionately fewer women in Parliament than current Afghanistan. This article from the Houston Chronicle sums it up. France has not been led by a woman since Catherine de Medici, who was Regent of France from 1560 to 1563 while King Charles IX was deemed too young to rule.



  1. He has big hair. People from the Mediterranean countries can pull off the unshaved look much better than I ever could.

    Comment by jdhenchman — May 1, 2007 @ 10:03 pm | Reply

    • Unshaved? That’s how my face looks about 5 minutes after I am done shaving. Maybe it’s just a CU thing, but at least a third of guys here take advantage of some stubble. I temporarily have a full, 1/2 inch beard, though, so that’s the place I’m coming from.

      Comment by ononehand — May 1, 2007 @ 11:00 pm | Reply

  2. zakon! yeah, they are soo hot, and so smart and so nice and so everything!

    Comment by Anonymous — May 5, 2007 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

  3. Froggyboy

    ‘most attractive family in France’… aha… so you met every French family, didn’t you?!…
    No, she is definitely not the most pro-gay poltician on Earth – she may just have changed her mind when she knew her son was actually not quite straight…

    Comment by Anonymous — April 14, 2009 @ 10:34 pm | Reply

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