Sarkozy on the nose

Mon dieu

Things are looking grim in France, not only for the Left, but for President Nicolas Sarkozy.

There are another fourteen months to the Presidential elections, but in a poll published today in Parisien-Aujourd’hui , it looks like Marine le Pen of the Front National could become the next French President. The poll looked at several combinations of candidates getting through the first round, each with Sarkozy, and each combination gave le Pen as the winner.

This news has hit the French political establishment of all colours like a “coup de tonerre”. Fourteen months of course is a tres longue time in politics, but in a country paralized by a socialist culture, intractable problems with its immigrants and high unemployment, the poll is sure to “touiller la salade”.

[From reader Andrew R]

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