Hello from Newshour. Has the Sarkozy project run out of steam? That’s the question we, at Newshour, will be asking at 1230 GMT this Saturday as France prepares for a second round of municipal elections on Sunday.
The French president’s ruling UMP party has dropped images of him from their campaign in an effort to stave off what could turn into a bruising election defeat. So why has this happened? Was it his much-publicised romance with and marriage to Carla Bruni or is that a minor issue in the scheme of things?
Mr Sarkozy was elected president last May as a champion of change. He promised wide-ranging and deep reform to France’s working culture.
In his inauguration speech, he warned that “never have the risks of inertia been so great for France”. And in his first budget in September 2007, French employers were offered incentives to allow workers to do overtime and tax cuts for high earners.
And yet, in the interim, the project seems to have run into the sand and his party is trailing after the first round of municipal elections last weekend.
What do you think? If you’d like to make a point that we can put to our panel or to ask a question, post a comment here or email us. If you’re a French voter we’d particularly like to hear from you – has Mr Sarkozy done anything this far to improve your life?