French see no improvement under Sarkozy

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Poll reveals that 79 percent of French feel that the president has done little to improve their lives in the past year.

21 April 2008

PARIS - A large majority of the French feel President Nicolas Sarkozy has done little to improve their lives during his first year in office, a poll released Sunday showed.

Asked whether Sarkozy's policies had improved the situation in France and for its citizens over the past year, 79 percent answered "no" and 21 percent "yes," according to the IFOP poll published in Le Journal du Dimanche weekly.

The survey also put Sarkozy's approval rating at an all-time low of 36 percent, down one point from March, the lowest level ever reached by a French president after one year in office.

Sarkozy is set to defend his record in office during a prime-time live interview on French television scheduled for Thursday.

One year after he was elected on a platform of sweeping changes, the right-wing president is struggling with a gloomy economic outlook that threatens to dampen his reform drive.

The two rounds of the presidential elections last April and May saw him beat his Socialist challenger Segolene Royal to take over from Jacques Chirac.

[AFP / ANP / Expatica]

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