Saturday, February 24, 2007

Royal competence meter falls, Le Pen moves forward

Socialist candidate Segolene Royal has suffered a fall in her competence numbers, with a new poll showing that only 47% of the French believe Royal would be competent as the leader of their country, a stark contrast to Sarkozy's 79% competence. Also, only 45% believe that she is "convincing as a presidential candidate", while 48% think the far-right Jean-Marie Le Pen is convincing. That being said, Royal is continuing to work to reunite her party behind her, and even made a surprise appearance on a French comedy show last night.

Despite weaker poll numbers in recent weeks and doubts that he will receive the required number of sponsorships, National Front candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen is beginning to release his own presidential program. The heart (or fist) of the program is a policy against immigrants, both by sending some back to their country of origin and limiting social benefits to only French nationals. Whether he can gain any forward momentum will have to be seen, as he has been rapidly sidelined as UDF candidate Francois Bayrou has moved into the "third man" position.

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