The Straits Times
Published on Sep 23, 2012

France's Hollande hits new low in popularity poll


PARIS (REUTERS) - French President Francois Hollande's approval ratings have tumbled to their lowest level since he first took office in May, a new poll showed on Sunday, as France's grinding economic stagnation and record unemployment show little sign of easing.

According to the Ifop poll for Sunday newspaper JDD, Mr Hollande now has a 43 per cent positive rating, down from 54 per cent in August - one of the sharpest drops in over a decade.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault also saw his own approval rating drop to 50 per cent, from 57 per cent, the poll said.

The poll - which showed similar trends to other surveys earlier this month - reflects French impatience with the Socialist government's perceived inability to fight the economic crisis and stop thousands of job cuts seen hitting companies like carmaker Peugeot and drugmaker Sanofi.