March 14, 2008


Electoral slap at Sarkozy less than forceful: French voters turned left in the first round of local elections, but most say they didn't have it out for the controversial leader. (Geraldine Baum and Achrene Sicakyuz, 3/14/08, Los Angeles Times)

If last weekend's first round of local elections was supposed to serve as a slap at President Nicolas Sarkozy and his center-right government, it didn't deliver quite the sting that had been predicted by his opponents.

French voters swung left -- to the Socialist opposition, which won 48% of the overall vote in 36,000 city and village council contests. Sarkozy's Union for a Popular Movement, or UMP, won 40%, and the rest went to centrists and other parties.

But polls showed that only one of five voters surveyed said they used their ballot Sunday to rebuke Sarkozy's 10-month-old administration, which has been troubled by a flagging economy and questions about the president's personal conduct. And in more evidence that his government still has credibility, 14 of 23 ministers and deputy ministers running for local office were elected in the first round.

If they haven't given up on Reform give them some.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 14, 2008 12:06 AM
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