UMP lose local elections
Nicolas Sarkozy’s ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) did badly in the local elections in France on Sunday 20th March.
The Socialist party were the winners with around 26% of the vote. The UMP took around 17% of the vote and the National Front did very well in taking 15% of the vote, gaining ground in many areas.
Turnout was low, around 45% for the 2026 seats in Cantonal, General Council and Municipal authorities.
Recent polls are showing a disapproval rating for Sarkozy of around 68% with approval for him falling to as low as 29%.
There will be a second round of local polls next Sunday, 27th March 2011, which will give a further indicator as to the decline of the UMP and Nicolas Sarkozy. France will hold a presidential election in 2012.