In a January post, I predicted that Ségolène Royal would be the next Présidente de la République. The Ségolène buzz hit the British press in March, and has now reached the New York Times, where you can "read all about it" and see a great photo of the future candidate.
The French may be ready to elect a woman, but I have noticed one intriguing detail. The public always calls French hommes politiques by their last names: Chirac, de Villepin, Sarkozy, Jospin. But Mme Royal is known as Ségolène.