French give Chirac the thumbs down

10th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 10, 2007 (AFP) - France's outgoing President Jacques Chirac's performance during his 12-year tenure was deemed to be "bad" by more than half of his countrymen, according to an opinion poll released Thursday.

PARIS, May 10, 2007 (AFP) - France's outgoing President Jacques Chirac's performance during his 12-year tenure was deemed to be "bad" by more than half of his countrymen, according to an opinion poll released Thursday.

Fifty-four percent of those surveyed gave him the thumbs down, with 40 percent rating his presidency as "bad" and 14 percent saying it was "very bad," according to a survey conducted by the BVA institute.

Forty-two percent said he had been "good" and a mere two percent said his leadership had been "very good."

According to the participants, the key events during Chirac's rule included his consistent opposition to the US-led war in Iraq, the shock qualification of extreme right-wing leader Jean-Marie Le Pen in the deciding second round of the 2002 presidential election and the 2005 rejection by French voters of a European Union constitution.


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