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Hollande gains three points in latest poll

rench President Francois Hollande leaves after delivering a statement after a defence council at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 22
rench President Francois Hollande leaves after delivering a statement after a defence council at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 22 REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

With only nine months before the next presidential election, President Francois Hollande, who has been struggling in recent polls, gained three points in a new poll by Ifop for the Sunday weekly, Journal du Dimanche.

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Positive polls

According to the poll, which was published this morning, Sunday, 17 percent of French people are satisfied with his performance at the moment, up three percent over the course of July.

His Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, remained unchanged at 21 percent.

However, if this gives Hollande a moment’s breathing space, the findings are still not good. According to the same poll, 82 percent are still unhappy with him, and a massive 44 percent say they are “very unhappy”.

Social Pary satisfied?

There is also other positive news for Hollande in the poll. Nearly 60 percent of Social party members surveyed said he is doing a good job ( Manuel Valls got a positive rating from 53 percent of Socialist party memebrs).

This should stand in Hollande's stead for the primaries in January which he will have to fight if he wants to stand for president next year.

Among young people (24 – 34 years-of-age the news is less optimistic. The poll shows that Holland’s support here has halved over the course of July, falling from 14 percent to 7 percent. Support for Manuel Valls also fell from 14 percent to 7 percent in the same period.

In June, the national executive of the Socialist Party announced that it would hold a ‘primary’ next January to decide on who will stand in the presidential elections next year.

The ‘primary’ will take place next January and will have two rounds on January 22 and January 29.

It is open to any candidate from the Belle Alliance populaire, a grouping of the Socialist Party, the Radical Left Party (Parti Radical de Gauche) and the Ecologists.

 

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