Former presidential candidate, mother of four of president François Hollande‘s children, and current Minister of Ecology Ségolène Royal went to Fidel Castro’s funeral to lay an egg:
On Saturday, the former socialist presidential candidate called Castro a “monument of history” while rejecting accusations of human rights violations against him.
Her comments had attracted criticism in France.
She said that we must deviate from any systematic condemnation and that it was up to historians to take stock of this history. “I did not come here to take stock of the Fidel Castro period, but no one can deny that there is a negative and a positive,” she said.
Hollande’s ex also had to be reminded that Cuba is not a democracy:
French government spokesman Stéphane Le Foll stressed that “Cuba is not a democracy and there have been problems related to various freedoms for a long time.”
Royal really did this,
During the tribute to Castro, Royal said that in Cuba “when the international community requests a list of political prisoners, there are none.”
Amnesty International offered to send her updated lists of current political prisoners (link in French).
While we wait for Hollande to condemn the statements of his administration’s 3rd highest official, Danilo Maldonado “El Sexto” is doing hard time (h/t Babalu) without being charged,
Danilo Maldonado, known as “El Sexto,” was taken by Cuban security agents the day after the death of former leader Fidel Castro. Maldonado, 33, still has not been charged, but those familiar with the graffiti artist’s actions that morning say that he posted a Facebook message seemingly gloating over Castro’s death and urging people to “come out to the streets…and ask for liberty.”
Too bad Ségolène couldn’t drop by and try to visit him.
Over at the Vatican, Pope Francis expressed sorrow on the death of “His Excellency Mister Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz.”
Not exactly what I would call the dead S.O.B.