So Ms Royal has lost the election in France to a right-wing bigot. Sad, although I wasn't that sad because she seemed like another third-way-style Blair type.
Now, however, I'm not sad at all. A comment on the Guardian leader page alerted me to the fact that she is the brother of one of the agents involved in the 1985 bombing of the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour, and that she herself was a special adviser to François Mitterrand during the period in which the bombing took place.
There is a potted history on Wikipedia, which, although it's not the most authoritative reference source in the world, at least is readable. It doesn't really get across, though, the depth of resentment and anger felt by New Zealanders toward the French as a result of that incident (and all their other attempts to rule the Pacific with nuclear testing).
This highlights the dilemma of the modern voter: do I vote for Evil or Eviler?