O isolado Sarkozy
Petar Pismestrovic, «Kleine Zeitung»
As eleições regionais de França eram vistas como um teste à política de Nicolas Sarkozy; nesse caso o Presidente francês perdeu. Algo que já era previsto por todas as sondagens, o Partido Socialista passou a ser o maior partido de França, na 1ª volta das eleições regionais, conseguindo cerca de 30 por cento de votos, quatro pontos acima da coligação de centro-direita de Nicolas Sarkosy. As eleições regionais são consideradas o último grande teste antes das Presidenciais de 2012, o que significa que é importante para Nicolas Sarkozy que o seu partido recupere na segunda volta, no próximo domingo.
Antes das eleições, Stefan Simons na Der Spiegel escrevia que Nicolas Sarkozy é um homem impopular, isolado e que fez inimigos no interior do seu próprio partido. Para Simons, o Presidente francês não consegue o sucesso e a autoridade que tanto procura:
[…] There are plenty of possible reasons for the bad atmosphere: The French leader’s popularity has sunk to record lows in recent polls, unemployment has risen to 10 percent, the highest level in a decade, and the polls taken ahead of upcoming regional elections — they take place this Sunday — predict a clear and dramatic loss for Sarkozy’s conservative party, the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP).
In addition, rumors about Sarkozy’s relationship with his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, are making the rounds in Paris. Weakened by his own political frailties as well as strife within his own party, Sarkozy no longer exudes the macho aura he once possessed, nor even the characteristics of a hyperactive manager. Instead, only days before the regional elections, he seems weary of his office. […]
Companies are closing, farmers are reporting diminishing incomes and in the coming year up to 1 million French people who are currently drawing unemployment benefits threaten to fall into poverty as they are transferred over to the country’s welfare rolls. The administration is predicting growth of 1.4 percent in gross domestic product, but France’s central bank has downgraded its growth prediction to a mere 0.4 percent for the first quarter.
Additionally, there is dissatisfaction among teachers, child care professionals and parents about Sarkozy’s job cuts in eduction. And this week judges and lawyers demonstrated against reforms in the justice system. Workers, people living in rural areas and conservative citizens have turned away from Sarkozy, and his team in Élysée Palace, France’s answer to the White House, seem to be permanently in conflict with their colleagues at the Hôtel Matignon, where the prime minister of France, François Fillon, resides. Conservative party politicians are feeling the lack of a clear message from the top. And as for Sarkozy’s power? “He’s lost it,” complains one member of his party. “He can barely even control his facial expressions.”