Prime minister Dominique de Villepin is second with 52 per cent. French president Jacques Chirac is a distant third with 29 per cent.
On Nov. 8, Chirac authorized a state of emergency. On Nov. 13, Sarkozy said the government will maintain tough restrictions, saying, "The Migration Act allows expulsion. I am the interior minister and I implement the rules."
Yesterday in an address to the nation, Chirac said the unrest evidenced "a crisis of identity" in the country, adding, "France must instil values and hope in (all) sons and daughters of the Republic."
Do you have confidence in the following political leaders to deal with the civil unrest in the suburbs?
("Yes" answers listed)
Interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy
Prime minister Dominique de Villepin
President Jacqes Chirac
Source: Ifop / Le Journal du Dimanche
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 957 French adults, conducted on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10, 2005. No margin of error was provided.
Some here say we're deliberately misreading the poll results. No, friend. The numbers do not lie. The French government is that popular. Just ask them.
(I asked Henri Poincare. He told me. I'm not making it up. Honest.)