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Sarkozy’s popularity hits record low


A fresh opinion poll shows that more than seven out of ten people in France are unhappy with President Nicolas Sarkozy’s performance.

The survey carried out by the French Institute of Public Opinion showed only 29 percent of the poll respondents approved Sarkozy’s actions, Reuters reported on Saturday.

This is his worst approval rating since he took office in 2007. Sixty nine percent of the respondents said they disapproved his policies.

However, the drop in Sarkozy’s popularity is not a reason for the opposition to celebrate. Only 39 percent of the poll respondents thought that the opposition would have done a better job if it was in power.

The unemployment rate in France among youth aged 15 to 24 years reached 25 percent in the third quarter of 2010, well above the European average of 20 percent.

French president’s popularity fell to a record low amid criticism of his government’s handling of the crisis in Tunisia.

France’s opposition has criticized the government for being slow to drop support for ousted Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who fled his country on January 14.

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