Tough Times for Incumbents

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Tough Times for Incumbents

President Bush's job approval ratings are pretty low, but the situation is even gloomier for France's prime minister. According to news reports:
French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, fighting for his political life over an aborted youth jobs reform that brought millions on to the streets, appeared to rule out resigning over the crisis.

... Villepin's authority has been badly undermined in the battle over the First Employment Contract (CPE) .... Responsibility for the negotiations has been handed to Villepin's powerful rival, ruling UMP party chief and Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, and a poll this week showed that 45 percent of the public think the prime minister should resign.

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