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Ségolène Royal is a French politician who currently serves as the president of the Poitou-Charentes Regional Council

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BirthdaySeptember 22, 1953
NationalityFrench
FamousEnergy, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Leaders, Political Leaders
SpousesFrançois Hollande
SiblingsAntoine Royal, Gérard Royal, Henri Royal, Marie-Nicole Royal, Marie-Odette Royal, Paul Royal, Sigisbert Royal
Known asSegolene Royal, Marie-Ségolène Royal
Childrens Clémence Hollande, Flora Hollande, Julien Hollande, Thomas Hollande
Universities
  • École nationale d'administration
  • Sciences Po
  • Nancy 2 University
Birth PlaceOuakam
Political IdeologyPolitical party-Socialist Party
ReligionCatholicism
Height171cm
GenderFemale
FatherJacques Royal
MotherHélène Dehaye
Net Worth$215 million as of Jan 2017
Sun SignVirgo
Born inOuakam
Famous asMinister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy

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Who is Ségolène Royal?

Ségolène Royal is a French politician who currently serves as the president of the Poitou-Charentes Regional Council. She is also the Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy in the Valls Cabinet. A former member of the National Assembly, she plays a prominent role in French politics and has held several ministerial positions so far in her career. An ambitious woman, she has also aimed for the president’s position and was the Socialist candidate in the 2007 French presidential election but lost to Nicolas Sarkozy. Had she won the election, she would have become France’s first female president, but it was not meant to be. Ever the resilient politician, she ran for presidency again in 2012, but lost badly in the primaries. But in spite of the ups and downs in her political career, she remains a major figure in the country’s politics. Appointed as the Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy in the Valls government, she holds a powerful portfolio in the French political scenario. The mother of four children, she is known to campaign more on family and social issues rather than on economic or foreign policy issues, and has often been criticized for this. A beautiful and glamorous lady, she has also made the headlines because of her personal relationships

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Childhood & Early Life

Ségolène Royal was born as, Marie-Ségolène Royal on 22 September 1953 in the military base of Ouakam, Dakar, French West Africa (now Senegal) to Hélène Dehaye and Jacques Royal. Her father was a former artillery officer and aide to the mayor of Chamagne (Vosges). She has seven siblings.

After completing her schooling she studied economics at the École Nationale d’Administration in Paris. Here she met François Hollande, a classmate, who would eventually become her partner and a famous politician himself. Around this time she also dropped the “Marie” from her name and from then on, became known only as Ségolène Royal.

Career

After completing her education, Ségolène Royal started working as a judge of an administrative court. While working in this position, she got noticed by President François Mitterrand's special adviser Jacques Attali, who recruited her as a chargée de mission in 1982. She held this post until 1988.

In 1988 she registered in the rural, Western Deux-Sèvres Département after deciding to become a candidate for the legislative election the same year. She was standing against an entrenched UDF incumbent. This being her first election, she was not expected to win against the incumbent, but beating all odds, she won.

Ségolène Royal served as the representative in the National Assembly for the Deux-Sèvres' 2nd constituency from 1988 to 1992.

Later on she held a number of government positions, serving as the Minister of Environment (1992–1993), Minister of School Education (1997–2000), Minister of Family and Children (2000–2001) and Minister of Family, Children and Disabled persons (2001–2002).

She rose in prominence over the years and in 2004, she was elected president of the Poitou-Charentes regional council, with more than 55% of the vote. What made her resounding victory even more significant was the fact that she defeated her opponent Élisabeth Morin who was a protégée of the Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin.

Ever the ambitious woman, Ségolène Royal set her eyes on the presidential seat. She declared in 2005 that she planned to run for the presidency in 2007, and launched an Internet-led electoral campaign at Désirs d'avenir ("Desires for the future"), publishing the first of ten chapters of her political manifesto.

She retained her National Assembly seat until 2007 and chose not to run in the legislative election, keeping up with one of her presidential campaign's promises.

She proved to be very popular during the initial months of her campaigning. Her closest competitor was former Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, and she also faced other prominent politicians like Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Jack Lang, another former Prime Minister Laurent Fabius and François Hollande.

Her status as a presidential candidate received a boost after Lionel Jospin declared that he would not run after all. Jack Lang too decided not to run, thus raising hopes of her victory.

Segolene Royal defeated Laurent Fabius and Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the French Socialist Party primary, becoming the party's candidate for the 2007 presidential election.

After the first round of the presidential election, she faced Nicholas Sarkozy in the second round of voting. In the final round of voting, Sarkozy won the election with 53% of the vote, thus shattering her presidential dreams.

Segolene Royal was in a relationship with another prominent Socialist Party member, François Hollande, which ended in 2007. Following this incident, her political career suffered. She entered the leadership election of the Socialist Party in 2008 but lost to another candidate. She blamed her former partner for the loss.

She was appointed Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy in the Valls government in April 2014.

Personal Life & Legacy

Segolene Royal developed a relationship with François Hollande, the present President of France, during the late 1970s. The couple never got married and neither did they go for a civil union. Four children were born out of their union. Her son Thomas Hollande, served as an adviser to her during her presidential candidacy. The couple reportedly split in 2007.

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Ségolène Royal biography timelines

  • // 22nd Sep 1953
    Ségolène Royal was born as, Marie-Ségolène Royal on 22 September 1953 in the military base of Ouakam, Dakar, French West Africa (now Senegal) to Hélène Dehaye and Jacques Royal. Her father was a former artillery officer and aide to the mayor of Chamagne (Vosges). She has seven siblings.
  • // 1982 To 1988
    After completing her education, Ségolène Royal started working as a judge of an administrative court. While working in this position, she got noticed by President François Mitterrand's special adviser Jacques Attali, who recruited her as a chargée de mission in 1982. She held this post until 1988.
  • // 1988
    In 1988 she registered in the rural, Western Deux-Sèvres Département after deciding to become a candidate for the legislative election the same year. She was standing against an entrenched UDF incumbent. This being her first election, she was not expected to win against the incumbent, but beating all odds, she won.
  • // 1988 To 1992
    Ségolène Royal served as the representative in the National Assembly for the Deux-Sèvres' 2nd constituency from 1988 to 1992.
  • // 1992 To 2002
    Later on she held a number of government positions, serving as the Minister of Environment (1992–1993), Minister of School Education (1997–2000), Minister of Family and Children (2000–2001) and Minister of Family, Children and Disabled persons (2001–2002).
  • // 2004
    She rose in prominence over the years and in 2004, she was elected president of the Poitou-Charentes regional council, with more than 55% of the vote. What made her resounding victory even more significant was the fact that she defeated her opponent Élisabeth Morin who was a protégée of the Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin.
  • // 2005 To 2007
    Ever the ambitious woman, Ségolène Royal set her eyes on the presidential seat. She declared in 2005 that she planned to run for the presidency in 2007, and launched an Internet-led electoral campaign at Désirs d'avenir ("Desires for the future"), publishing the first of ten chapters of her political manifesto.
  • // 2007
    She retained her National Assembly seat until 2007 and chose not to run in the legislative election, keeping up with one of her presidential campaign's promises.
  • // 2007
    Segolene Royal defeated Laurent Fabius and Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the French Socialist Party primary, becoming the party's candidate for the 2007 presidential election.
  • // 2007 To 2008
    Segolene Royal was in a relationship with another prominent Socialist Party member, François Hollande, which ended in 2007. Following this incident, her political career suffered. She entered the leadership election of the Socialist Party in 2008 but lost to another candidate. She blamed her former partner for the loss.
  • // Apr 2014
    She was appointed Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy in the Valls government in April 2014.

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  • What is Ségolène Royal birthday?

    Ségolène Royal was born at 1953-09-22

  • Where is Ségolène Royal's birth place?

    Ségolène Royal was born in Ouakam

  • What is Ségolène Royal nationalities?

    Ségolène Royal's nationalities is French

  • Who is Ségolène Royal spouses?

    Ségolène Royal's spouses is François Hollande

  • Who is Ségolène Royal siblings?

    Ségolène Royal's siblings is Antoine Royal, Gérard Royal, Henri Royal, Marie-Nicole Royal, Marie-Odette Royal, Paul Royal, Sigisbert Royal

  • Who is Ségolène Royal childrens?

    Ségolène Royal's childrens is Clémence Hollande, Flora Hollande, Julien Hollande, Thomas Hollande

  • What was Ségolène Royal universities?

    Ségolène Royal studied at École nationale d'administration, Sciences Po, Nancy 2 University

  • What is Ségolène Royal's political ideology?

    Ségolène Royal's political ideology is Political party-Socialist Party

  • What is Ségolène Royal's religion?

    Ségolène Royal's religion is Catholicism

  • How tall is Ségolène Royal?

    Ségolène Royal's height is 171

  • Who is Ségolène Royal's father?

    Ségolène Royal's father is Jacques Royal

  • Who is Ségolène Royal's mother?

    Ségolène Royal's mother is Hélène Dehaye

  • What is Ségolène Royal's sun sign?

    Ségolène Royal is Virgo

  • How famous is Ségolène Royal?

    Ségolène Royal is famouse as Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy