Royal compares Sarkozy to Bush

Socialist Segolene Royal, seizing on President Bush's unpopularity in France, accused her rival in Sunday's presidential runoff of "mimicking" the American leader by feigning concern for people who are suffering.

Royal compares Sarkozy to Bush
Socialist Segolene Royal, seizing on President Bush's unpopularity in France, accused her rival in Sunday's presidential runoff of "mimicking" the American leader by feigning concern for people who are suffering.

In an interview with the daily Le Parisien published Friday, Royal said Sarkozy has "the same neo-conservative ideology" as Bush. "He mimics the American president's technique of compassionate conservatism," which she described as pretending to care but failing to act when people are suffering.

She also said a victory by the tough-talking Nicolas Sarkozy would lead to more violence in France's troubled suburbs.

Sarkozy, a conservative who admits to being pro-American in a country widely suspicious of Washington, called Royal's comments "extreme" and suggested she was reacting to polls published Friday that showed him with a comfortable lead.

Royal shrugged off her low numbers, noting that some voters were still undecided. "I am fighting to the finish to convince the French. We must ... make the French understand the choice before them."

The candidates have radically different views on how to stimulate the lethargic economy, keep France prominent in world affairs and avoid repeats of the 2005 riots by minority youths in neglected housing projects.

Sarkozy's camp says Royal's ideas are fuzzy and that she does not have enough experience to become France's first woman president.

Royal has sought to portray Sarkozy as too unstable and too brutal to lead France, noting his harsh comments about delinquents when he was interior minister and his crackdowns on criminals and immigrants.

"The choice of Nicolas Sarkozy is a dangerous choice, I do not want France to be oriented toward a system of brutality," Royal said on RTL radio Friday morning.

She said she felt a "responsibility to launch an alert about the risks of this candidacy and the violence and brutality that will be set of in the country. Everyone knows it but no one says it. It is a kind of taboo."
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