Doomsday Atmosphere Sarkozy 'Against the Ropes' in Re-Election Fight

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is unpopular, defeated and tired. Only three months ahead of the election, he is frantically battling the image of a failed presidency. A host of media sources in the country are signaling that the Sarkozy-era is nearly finished.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves after a crisis summit with business and labor leaders in Paris on Jan. 18.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves after a crisis summit with business and labor leaders in Paris on Jan. 18.

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