French President Francois Hollande, whose Socialist Party was handed an unprecedented defeat in the municipal elections, named Manuel Valls his new prime minister to address voter dissatisfaction with his government.
French voters are taking part in the final round of municipal elections, a week after initial results showed the anti-euro National Front party gaining ground on disappointment with the ruling Socialists.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy would lose an election against three potential opponents from the Socialist Party, with International Monetary Fund managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn holding the largest margin, a poll said.
France’s opposition Socialists may cast out Segolene Royal, their 2007 presidential nominee, when they begin choosing a candidate to lead them against Nicolas Sarkozy in next year’s election, a poll shows.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy would lose to International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn or the Socialist Party’s current leader, Martine Aubry, if elections were held now, a CSA poll showed .