Polls show Sarkozy's popularity taking a tumble
Sarkozy's popularity has gone into decline since his highly-publicised romance with model-turned-singer Carla Brun
PARIS, January 7, 2008 - French President Nicolas Sarkozy's popularity
has gone into decline since his highly-publicised romance with
model-turned-singer Carla Bruni, according to a new poll due out Monday.
Eight months into his presidency, Sarkozy retains a positive rating among
54 percent of those questioned by Paris-based pollsters LH2 for the daily
newspaper Liberation, a drop of two points on December.
A separate CSA poll published in Sunday's Le Parisien newspaper showed just 48 percent of French voters trusted Sarkozy to run their country, seven points down on the previous month's tally.
In the Liberation poll, just 34 percent of those questioned believed
Sarkozy, "had instigated measures likely to improve spending power" among
ordinary French people, the country's number one political issue.
The president has been the target of paparazzi lenses during two separate
festive breaks with Bruni in Egypt and Jordan.
The same poll found that 63 percent thought Sarkozy was "too ready to put
his private life on public display".
But 60 percent also thought the man behind a proposed Mediterranean Union
with Italy and Spain "projected a good image of France on the international
Two months after his divorce from second wife Cecilia, Sarkozy will host a
press conference on Tuesday.
He is expected to tackle subjects as diverse as voter spending power, a
ministerial reshuffle and the two-way diplomatic freeze with Syria over
Lebanon's future, as well as the soap opera surrounding his private life.
Presidential spokesman David Martinon has declined to comment on a story in Le Journal de Dimanche's that Sarkozy was to marry Bruni, probably early next month.
Bruni's mother said in an Italian newspaper last month that wedding bells
were on the cards.