Saving Candidate Sarkozy: A Year of Disappointment and Broken Promises

PARIS — One year to the day after his election as president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy strikes an increasingly lonely figure on the French political scene. Having referred to himself as the “buying power president” to emphasize his goal of increasing disposable income, he has instead become the object of a nationwide case of buyer’s remorse. His popularity has plummeted in opinion polls, and in the absence of any true political opposition (outside of an increasingly hostile press), he faces growing disenchantment within his own UMP majority. In a country where politics is a blood sport, and where the only […]

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