Ségolène Royal, a political revenant who has become irremovable

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In the run-up to this month’s reshuffle of the French government, and referring to the planned departure of Laurent Fabius as foreign minister, Ségolène Royal spoke in private of her disinterest in taking over the Quai d’Orsay, as the riverside ministry is often called, where she would be “bored stiff by ambassadors”.