Sarkozy `most unpopular French Prez in 50 years`

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 13:58

London: Nicolas Sarkozy has emerged as
the most unpopular French President in 50 years in a new poll.

According to the French poll, Sarkozy`s popularity has
gone down to just 29 per cent, 3 points less than in September
to reach its lowest ever, ahead of another week of strikes and
petrol shortages, the `Daily Mail` reported.

The low announced by `BVA Orange L`Express` was even
lower than President Sarkozy`s previous Fifth republic record
of 32 per cent in 2008.

Sarkozy, in fact, is polled even more unpopular
than General Charles De Gaulle who oversaw the new French
constitution in 1958.

The General said "Non" to British membership of the
Common market, expelled US army bases, pulled France out of
NATO, and refused to resign during the student revolution of
May 1968.

Signs that Sarkozy`s determination to push through
pension reforms and raising retirement age from 60 to 62 may
have placed him on a slippery slope emerged last week.

Surprisingly, the poll revealed that 57 per cent of
French people support Unions` and students` protests and 68
per cent of French people believe the economic policy of his
government is bad.

Within the 71 per cent of the population unhappy
with Sarkozy`s general policies, 73 per cent of private sector
employees and 79 per cent manual workers and service employees
said "Non" to Sarkozy`s regime, the poll showed.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 13:58

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