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France’s Hollande Begins Presidency With 61% Approval Rating

May 27, 2012

Francois Hollande, who was sworn in as president of France on May 15, had a 61 percent approval rating in the first Ifop poll of his presidency.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who was sworn in a day after Hollande, had a 65 percent approval rating.

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy had a 65 percent approval rating in the first poll after his election five years earlier, and ended his term at 36 percent, lower than that of any other French president since 1958 at a similar point.

The monthly survey, for the newspaper Journal du Dimanche, questioned 1,879 people and was carried out May 18-25. No margin of error was given.

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