New French President Nicolas Sarkozy is set to secure a big majority in parliament next month, according to a poll for the Paris Match magazine released on Wednesday.THE ELYSEE IS THE NEW CAMELOT - NYTIMES:
An Ifop poll gave Sarkozy's ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) 41 percent of the vote in a June 10 first round ballot, a rise of 4 points on the previous poll.
... Ifop said the survey suggested Sarkozy's party would win 410-450 seats in the 577-member National Assembly, with 90-130 seats for the Socialists.
To their admirers, the Sarkozys are the French Kennedys: the president is outdoorsy and athletic, the first lady beautiful and designer-dressed, the passel of children smiling and photogenic. ... At least for now, some of the fiercest critics of Mr. Sarkozy are dazzled by his energy and hopeful that he will fulfill even some of his promises for reforming France quickly....
Activism is the leitmotif of this presidency. Mr. Sarkozy has been described as the “lapin Duracell” — the Energizer bunny — of politics. Perhaps a more apt comparison is Alice in Wonderland’s white rabbit, perpetually rushing to a very important date. ...
Mr. Sarkozy’s style has translated into a historically high popularity rating. According to a poll published Sunday in Le Journal du Dimanche, 65 percent of those questioned are “satisfied” with their new president, the highest early rating since the beginning of the Fifth Republic in 1958, according to the polling institute IFOP.
“Kennedy has come back,” wrote Le Point. “He’s named Sarkozy. Never has a president shown such a relaxed nature, such an absence of complexes.”
WITH A POPULAR PRESIDENT COMMITTED TO DARING CHANGES, FRANCE CAN ANd WILL ENACT HIS REFORMS AND THEN COME BACK BETTER THAN EVER.