Segolene Royal Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
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Childhood And Early Life
French politician Ségolène Royal was born on the 22 September 1953 in Ouakam, Dakar in French West Africa to Hélène Dehaye and Jacques Royal. Due to her father’s occupation she was born on a military base. Today the area where she was born is known as Senegal.
Ségolène Royal studied economics at the École Nationale d’Administration in Paris.
Rise To Fame
Ségolène Royal was working in an administrative court when an adviser to President François Mitterrand noticed her ability and persuaded her to join his staff. By doing so, she became a junior chargee de mission from 1982 until 1988.
In the 1988 French legislative election, Ségolène Royal ran as a candidate for the Western Deux-Sèvres Département, a rural area she was not expected to win. She did win and continued to hold the seat in subsequent elections until 2007. Between 1992 and 1993 she was the Minister of Environment, between 1997 and 2000 the Minister of School Education, 2000 and 2001 the Minister of Family and Children and 2001 and 2002 the Minister of Family, Children and Disabled Persons.
In 2004 Ségolène Royal became president of the Poitou-Charentes regional council. She announced in 2005 that she would run for president in 2007. In the final round of voting in 2007, she lost to Sarkozy who won 53% of the vote. Royal decided to run for the leadership of the Socialist Party in 2008 but was not chosen.
In 2014 Ségolène Royal was appointed as Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Energy.
Before they split up in 2007, Ségolène Royal was in a long-term relationship with French politician and President of France Francois Hollande. They had four children together: Thomas (1984), Clémence (1985), Julien (1987) and Flora (1992).