December 02, 2006

Segolene Royal slams Israel-Nazi comparison

French presidential candidate [female and attractive, too] Segolene Royal, visiting the Middle East on Saturday, condemned comments by a Lebanese Hizbullah legislator who compared Israel's former occupation of south Lebanon to the Nazi occupation of France.

She called the comments "unacceptable, abominable and hateful," and said she "would have left the room" if she had heard them [at that time]. Royal and her entourage had a different translator than the one provided for journalists.

The Socialist candidate was visiting Lebanon at the invitation of former President Amin Gemayel, father of Pierre Gemayel, the industry minister who was assassinated.

On Friday, Royal called Friday for the release of kidnapped IDF reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.

"The liberation of the two soldiers is absolutely vital," Royal told reporters at a news conference. She said she might bring the subject up in meetings later Friday with Hizbullah officials, though "perhaps not publicly."