- Socialist president is most unpopular in French history
- Incumbent leader hinted he may seek to run again as president
French President Francois Hollande saw his popularity return to a historic low on Thursday as he hinted that he hasn’t yet given up hope of claiming a second term.
The Socialist leader’s approval rating dropped to 15 percent in September from 17 percent in August, matching June’s record low, according to a poll by the Paris-based Elabe institute for Radio Classique and Les Echos daily. Prime Minister Manuel Valls’s approval rating dropped to 19 percent from 20 percent, Elabe showed.
The poll was released hours after Hollande gave the strongest signal yet he’s planning to stand for re-election next year in a speech littered with jabs at political rivals.
Former Prime Minister Alain Juppe, who is seeking the presidential nomination of France’s Republicans, was the most popular political figure with 46 percent of respondents saying they had a “positive” view of him while former Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron was second with 40 percent support. Macron resigned from Hollande’s Socialist government this month to lead his own political movement.