French Toast?

Nicolas Sarkozy is a globally respected statesman. But at home, he may be about to lose the presidency

Lionel Charrier / MYOP

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy gets in to his car after making his New Year wishes speech to civil servants. on January 12, 2012 in Lille, northern France.

This is not at all how Nicolas Sarkozy hoped his re-election bid would go. During a campaign visit to the city of Bayonne on March 1--less than two months before the first round of voting on April 22--the French President found himself surrounded by a crowd of locals he thought had come to cheer him. Instead they shouted insults and forced him to seek refuge in a bar. A week later, another hostile horde jeered Sarkozy at a stop in the town of St.-Just-St.-Rambert in central France.

The man besieged by angry voters is the same man who rallied a NATO-led...

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