Skip to comments.Honeymoon over, outlook worse for French president
Posted on 08/13/2012 11:20:35 PM PDT by Cincinna
Francois Hollande will celebrate 100 days since his election as French president on Tuesday knowing his honeymoon with the electorate is over and that life is not going to get easier any time soon.
Record unemployment and an economy headed back into recession provide a sombre backdrop to an event Hollande will mark by interrupting his summer break to visit police officers in a village where two of their female colleagues died in a shootout in June. The village, Pierrefeu-du-Var, is located close to the Fort de Bregancon presidential retreat where Hollande has been on holiday with his glamorous journalist girlfriend, Valerie Trierweiller, since the beginning of August. Political observers say the choice of location is no accident as Hollande attempts to portray himself as a president who shares voters' concerns over insecurity and is willing to take tough measures to fight crime.
On Saturday, after attending a memorial service for the 88th French soldier to die in Afghanistan, Hollande made an unannounced detour to Grenoble to visit victims of a recent violent hold-up, promising that the city would be added to a list of priority areas for tougher action on crime. Polls suggest that law and order is an area where Hollande's Socialists are vulnerable to attack but it is on foreign affairs that the right-wing opposition has focused its criticism in recent weeks. Accusing him of standing by passively in the face of carnage in Syria, the main opposition UMP party has portrayed Hollande as a hopeless ditherer, incapable of the kind of bold action which saw his predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, lead Western intervention in Libya last year.
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François Hollande has been a huge failure in his first 100 days. His approval rating is the lowest of any French president at the 100 day mark: 46%, suggesting a weak economy has cut short the Socialist leader’s honeymoon.
Hollande has not benefited from the post-electoral bounce enjoyed by his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007. Sarkozy’s approval rating climbed
to 65 percent in the weeks after his victory.
The Ifop poll, published in Le Figaro, said that 51 percent of those questioned thought France was changing for the worse, with just 17 percent convinced it was changing for the better.
In 2007 after the election of Sarkozy, 45 percent of those questioned said France was changing for the better.
Buyer’s regret? Miss Sarko yet?
A cautionary tale for any here thinking about giving the Socialist, Obama, a second term.
Le Monde goes on to compare the French Presidents position with the one adopted by his predecessor, which was roundly criticised at the time
"In the summer of 2010, a speech on the Roma delivered by Nicolas Sarkozy in Grenoble [in which he pledged to dismantle half of Frances illegal Roma camps] met with widespread indignation. However, today most left-wing figures have remained remarkably silent on the issue."For Le Monde, the feeble response is in part due to political divisions in the government and a hesitant civil society that is unsure how to react.
B-b-but, you mean he isn’t doing Socialism right?
Oh, damn the bad luck......
There’s always next time ...
Vote for the socialist! He’ll keep the free stuff coming!
Well, he can always double down on Socialism, after all. Just because it has NEVER WORKED BEFORE.........
Maybe the 1,435th time is the charm.
Like we didn’t see that one coming. As the wealthy French have packed up their bags and left, or are on their way out.
To paraphrase an old saying: Vote in haste, repent at leisure.
The polls are in. More than 50% of the left supports deporting the Roms (gypsies).
At the same time “hundreds of youths from underprivileged areas of Amiens” rioted, burning cars, pillaging a police station, and a community center.
No national origin specified, but as long as they’re not gypsies, they can stay in France and act at will.
What f’ing hypocrites!