Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

The Little Prince on the big screen

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

At least 3 dead in grenade attack in Bujumbura

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Inequality, sexism and the movie industry

Read more

ENCORE!

Sienna Miller on motherhood, her new movies and Cannes glamour

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

After the Fall of Ramadi, Palmyra: Did the West Underestimate the Jihadists?

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Migrants and Immigrants: A Global Crisis

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Behind the scenes of French gastronomy

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Protests continue in Burundi as calls mount for election delay

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Burundi: Nkurunziza delays parliamentary polls as clashes continue

Read more

Sarkozy's popularity on the rebound

Latest update : 2008-09-20

According to recent opinion polls, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his prime minister, François Fillon, enjoyed a rise in popularity among the French over the summer.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s popularity rating has jumped to its highest level since January, boosted by his diplomatic moves and a lack of domestic industrial disputes, according to a recent surveys.

An OpinionWay poll said 39 percent of French people had a positive view of Sarkozy, up 11 points since June, while 52 percent had a negative view, down 7 points.

Earlier this year, Sarkozy’s popularity ratings hit record lows for a president in the first 12 months of his term, pounded by perceptions he was focusing too much on a glitzy personal life and not enough on France’s problems.

The rebound, also reflected in other recent polls, came despite a marked slowdown in the French economy and voter concerns about the rising cost of living.

Pollsters said that Sarkozy’s standing had been lifted by his high-profile trips to conflict zones Afghanistan and Georgia in August, and by the lack of any major industrial disputes during the summer.

Sarkozy’s prime minister, Francois Fillon, also saw his popularity climb over the summer, rising 7 points since June to 52 percent. Some 39 percent had a negative view of him, down 9 points on the previous poll.

Date created : 2008-09-15

COMMENT(S)