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Sarkozy's polls down after two years in power

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Video by Katherine SPENCER , AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-05-06

President Nicolas Sarkozy marks his second anniversary at the Elysee Palace Wednesday as the French economy and his popularity sink to new lows. According to a new opinion poll, 63 percent of the French see his record as "mostly negative".

Just two years after Nicolas Sarkozy became president, 63 percent of French people say they are disappointed with his actions and call his two years "mostly negative", according to a TNS Sofres-Logica poll.



Elected with 53% of the ballots on May 6, 2007, Sarkozy initially enjoyed an enthusiastic following. But that didn’t last long. The excessive publicity given to his marital problems and a series of communication blunders have now damaged his image.

French households' steadily declining purchasing power was another major theme of the 2007 presidential campaign. The middle class, which had initially put its trust in him, is now concerned with the rising unemployment rate.

The president’s general secretary, Claude Gueant, said recently that at least 90 major reforms have been carried out in the last two years. It will take three more years to draw a good summary of the Sarkozy presidency, he added.

Date created : 2009-05-06

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