From France comes this interesting bit of political gossip:
French President Jacques Chirac is carrying out a behind-the-scenes plot to stop his ambitious interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, succeeding him in elections next year.
The plan is to destablise Sarkozy, whom Chirac sees as too arrogant, too pro-American and too insolent, ahead of the polls due to take place in April 2007, newspapers including Le Journal du Dimanche and the newsmagazine Marianne claimed Sunday.
Nicolas Sarkozy , Conservative Party, Minister of the Interior, Born in Budapest. Charismatic politician, law and order advocate. Favored strong crackdown on rioters during recent banlieu uprisings.
Segolene Royale member of French Socialist Party. Current frontrunner to succeed Chirac. Polls show 15 point lead over nearest rival.