Chirac, in his 11th year in office, has an approval rating near a record low. After suffering two setbacks in five weeks, he's vulnerable to a challenge from Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who has said he may run for president in 2007.
The president declined to today to say whether he'll seek a third term. ``This subject is completely premature,'' he said.
Chirac's approval rating stands at 36 percent this month, a BVA poll of 1036 people aged 18 or more held July 4-6 showed. That's one point higher than its record low last month.
I don't know how to interpret those numbers, but Chirac's such a buffoon, it'd probably be good to see him go.