Segolene Royal, 53, won Frances Socialist Party nomination last night by an overwhelming majority of 61 percent. Royal, the current president of the region Poitou-Charentes, will most likely be running against Nicolas Sarkozy, the current interior minister and head of the Union for a Popular Movement party, in next Aprils election, Herald Sun reports. According to the Herald Sun, current polls show Royal and Sarkozy running neck-and-neck.
Prior to her presidency of the region of Poitou-Charentes, Royal served as environment minister and minister of the family. She is the only French woman to ever have had a substantial chance of becoming Frances first woman president. Last night after her tremendous victory, Royal said, “Its the people who launched this. Its the activists from the core who launched this movement and who today are giving this strength and giving me this momentum,” according to EuroNews.