Share this story...
Latest News

Royal, French leader’s ex, loses parliament race

PARIS (AP) – French former presidential candidate Segolene Royal is decrying “political treason” against her after she lost her controversial campaign for a parliamentary seat _ quashing her hopes of becoming speaker of the National Assembly.

Royal, a prominent Socialist, is President Francois Hollande’s ex-partner and the mother of his four children.

Polling agencies say dissident Socialist Olivier Falorni defeated Royal in Sunday’s balloting in the western Charente-Maritime region as part of nationwide legislative elections won by Socialists and their allies.

Her campaign became embroiled in controversy last week after Hollande’s current companion _ journalist Valerie Trierweiler _ expressed support for Falorni on Twitter, seen by some as a show of jealousy.

The defeat deals an embarrassing blow to the Socialist Party, whose hierarchy had backed Royal’s candidacy.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)