“Segoland”

The 2007 French presidential election is just around the corner. There was one and only live debate between the two candidates on TV today – pardon, yesterday. I didn’t have a chance to watch the whole two and a half hours, but news updates on different websites and TV channels seem to generally agree Royal outperformed Sarkozy. I wasn’t particularly following French politics when I was there, but as far as I remember, Nicolas Sarkozy was just everywhere. My friends half-joked by calling him Président de l’Intérieur. So I automatically assumed the 2007 election would be his one-man show. He is clearly the front-runner, but I am amazed – and naturally proud 😉 – Royal is doing so well.

When it comes to e-campaigning, an aspect I cannot NOT look at, she even seems to be ahead of Sarkozy. I attended a Hansard seminar titled “The internet and the 2005 General Election: political awareness, participation and trust” two weeks ago (Already?!). In the meeting, Derek Wyatt MP passionately demonstrated how cleverly Royal’s camp mobilised bloggers. I had a further look when I came back home. Voilà, Ségoland.

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(Original map in pdf is here.)

They actually mapped all blogs that support her. James from my Department pointed out in the Q&A session that such networking was a typical socialist-party programme. I understand it is. Still, I find this attempt – what’s the scholarly word – COOL.

* This article is also crossposted at the NPCU blog.

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One thought on ““Segoland”

  1. An associate close to the Royal camp tells me there is some quiet satisfaction there now. Of course, if matters hinged only on the debate …

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