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Sarkozy Is Least Popular Right-Wing French President, Ifop Shows

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March 13 (Bloomberg) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy is the least popular right-wing president ever in France, an Ifop survey for the Journal du Dimanche showed.

The president’s disapproval rating climbed to 71 percent from 69 percent in February, the weekly newspaper reported today, citing an opinion poll by the Paris-based institute. That’s higher than the disapproval rating of 70 percent garnered by former President Jacques Chirac in 2005 and 2006, according to the newspaper. Sarkozy’s approval rating slumped to 29 percent this month from 31 percent in February, the poll showed.

All the most recent polls in France have shown Sarkozy’s popularity to be at record lows. Other surveys also have pointed to higher approval ratings for Marine Le Pen, daughter of the National Front’s historic leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the potential opposition Socialist party candidate to Sarkozy in next year’s presidential race.

Ifop polled 1,889 people of 18 years or older from March 3 to March 11, the weekly newspaper said. No margin of error was given.

Prime Minister Francois Fillon’s support rate also is lower this month, according to Ifop. The proportion of dissatisfied respondents climbed by one percentage point to 51 percent, the survey showed.

To contact the reporter on this story: Albertina Torsoli in Paris at atorsoli@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Phil Serafino at pserafino@bloomberg.net

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