French presidential elections will be referendum on Sarkozy, the man
The Christian Science Monitor, csmonitor.com
In France, to a degree unique in Europe, presidents wield enormous power. The position is only half-jokingly likened to an elected monarch, a kind of British queen and prime minister combined.
This Sunday, April 22, French voters will decide among 10 candidates for that top job in the first round of an election that will finally be finalized on May 6 in a two-person runoff.
Every poll indicates incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy is likely to face the Socialist Party frontrunnerFrancois Hollande on May 6. But Mr. Sarkozy, who has regularly made international news since getting elected in 2007, faces a serious likability problem at home, where his approval rating is, at 36 percent, the lowest of any modern French president.