2022 Royal bid for Elysée worries Macron and Le Pen

There is no better way to judge the alarm with which Ségolène Royal’s political opponents take the indication that she intends to contest the 2022 presidential election than to note the accusations of expenses fraud that have suddenly blown up against her.

Mme Royal has been an ‘ambassador’ for the Polar Regions, dealing with the various environmental threats to those areas, with €100,000 expenses a year.

It is now alleged she has been using – or misusing – that money to further her personal political aims, and there are demands for a full investigation and prosecution. Mme Royal denies everything.

Her declared rival, Marine Le Pen, faces accusations of mis-spending the money of her former party, the Front National. So much for the great issues of the 2022 campaign.

With memories still fresh of how a front-runner for 2017, François Fillon, was cut off at the knees over allegations that he misused public funds as prime minister to provide cash for his wife and children, the expenses-fiddling weapon is a potent one; and with the Macroniste establishment deploying it against Mme Royal, someone is getting worried.

With Mme Royal ...

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