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Sarkozy is most irritating of Europe’s leaders: poll

Published: March 10, 2012 | 8:51 am
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy is the least liked of Europe’s top five leaders, a poll showed on Friday, confirming the scale of the challenge facing the conservative candidate weeks ahead of his bid for re-election.

Sarkozy, who badly trails Socialist rival François Hollande in polls of French voting intentions, has battled with dire popularity ratings at home for much of his term, but the survey showed he is also less liked than many of his European peers.

“There’s a lot of strong feeling about Nicolas Sarkozy. He irritates in Europe as much as he does in France,” Gael Sliman, head of the BVA Opinion polling institute, said.

Fifty-eight per cent of those surveyed held a poor opinion of Sarkozy, compared to 41 per cent for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, 42 per cent for Britain’s David Cameron, 36 per cent for Italy’s Mario Monti and 34 per cent for Spain’s Mariano Rajoy.

Sarkozy has already set a record at home as the least popular president in the last half-century, and polls show he will likely lose the election taking place on April 22 and May 6.

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