Ségolène Royal’s faltering presidential campaign was dealt a further blow on Monday as François Hollande, the leader of her Socialist party and father of her children, admitted he was worried she would be knocked out in the first round of France’s election next month.
The comments underlined how worried Ms Royal’s campaign team is about the surprise surge in opinion polls by François Bayrou, candidate of the centrist UDF party, who has caught up with her in opinion polls and been dubbed the third man of the campaign.
Interesting turn of events we have witnessed here, of late. It looks to me that Bayrou is becoming the anti-Sarkozy candidate. There are many that do not like Sarko because of their fear he'll cozy up to the U.S. far more than Chirac has done. And frankly, many do not see Royal of having a chance against him. So, the logical thing to do is throw support toward Bayrou, who would stand a better chance beating Sarko.
Bayrou - the anti-Sarko, has a rough edge to it. But maybe it's catchier in French.