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Hollande, Royal & Trierweiler: Viva La France and the Female Brain

Posted: 05/16/2012 7:36 pm

As an expert on the new science of a woman's brain and its hardwired leadership traits, I have been following the rise of France's new president, Francois Hollande with great interest. A consensus-builder, Hollande's circle of advisers now includes both his companion, Paris Match reporter, and new French first lady, Valerie Trierweiler, and, his "ex" Segolene Royal, mother of his four children, who was the French Socialist choice for president in 2007.

Two days before Hollande was sworn into office, Royal officially announced her candidacy for the post of Speaker of the National Assembly, the French lower house of parliament.

Charismatic, and well loved by the French public, Segolene Royal reportedly agreed to join Hollande on the platform during the final days of his campaign, in exchange for her appointment as president of the French National Assembly, if he won.

True to his word, Hollande, recently announced his support for Royal's appointment. If confirmed, she will become one of the most powerful politicians in France, and potentially, France's next president, after Hollande.

Hollande's leadership will benefit from this powerful combination of female political skill, diplomacy, and media savvy. That is, he and the country will benefit, if these two intelligent women are able to rise above any lingering jealousies that may still exist between the two women.

Trierweiller, as the media has noted, is "the other woman," a younger woman, who drew Hollande out of a 30-year relationship with Royal in 2007.

To me, these connected lives, if lifted to a higher level of political service, contain the seeds of a future model for politics where decision-making is based on a balance between the male and female mind.

And what about women and jealousy? Jealousy ceases, reminds 17th Century French classical author, Francois de la Rochefoucaud, as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.

With Francois Hollande's presidency now a certainty, politics based on liberty, equality, community, and "service above self", is a trend worth watching.

 
 
 

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