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The Sarkozy Presidency Under Seige: Is Enough Really Enough?

MaximsNews Network
By Mehri Madarshahi

Last Sunday, in a major electoral test, President Nicolas Sarkozy’s ruling party, Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) scored poorly in the first round of municipal elections that were held in some 36,000 city, town and village councils and half of the 96 “départements” in France. 

The relatively poor results for UMP – despite a high rate of voter participation – has been interpreted as a “sanctioning” of Sarokozy’s reign, a sign of disapproval by the French of the slow pace of economic reforms – the highlight of Mr Sarkozy’s pre-election focus and promises.

These municipal elections – though local in nature- injected renewed hope to the Socialist Party as it is poised to take control of major cities after next Sunday’s run-off electi...

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