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Royal leaves press wondering
French Press

The Socialist candidate for the French presidency, Segolene Royal, earns some praise in the French newspapers for her manifesto speech, but there is still plenty of scepticism about her plans.

While some suggest Ms Royal has made a "clear" turn to the left, others say her stance is still ambiguous.

LE FIGARO

Royal is not a great speaker. Nevertheless, she managed to create moments of real emotion with her audience ... But ... there was no miracle.

LIBERATION

The Socialist politician succeeded in giving substance to her participatory democracy ... She has come out in favour of a project in which last spring's iconoclastic Royal dominates, the one who shook up a number of taboos on the left.

L'HUMANITE

Having maintained ambiguity, having flirted with some law and order issues to which the right is attached to the point of spreading confusion and doubt ... the Socialist candidate has decided to adopt more left-wing language.

LA PROVENCE

She said nothing on law and order, housing, pay or pensions that we hadn't already heard in the last few weeks, except that the tone was more determined and there was a clear turn to the left.

LES DERNIERES NOUVELLES D'ALSACE

The candidate seems to have taken great care to rally her camp under the banner of solidarity and a fairer society. This did not prevent her from standing firm against senior Socialist Party politicians ... on very personal values, particularly measures for difficult minors.

LA TRIBUNE [economic daily]

What stays in the mind ... is the way she distanced herself from some of the most dangerous archaic features of the Socialist Party project. Thus the 35-hour working week has in fact had negative effects(!) ... But people will also note the many pledges made to please the party's left wing, such as ... the right to a first job.

NICE MATIN

People may continue to debate at length about the seriousness, and above all, the cost of the solutions put forward by her but they can no longer say she is dodging the 'big' issues.

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