An IFOP poll conducted shortly after the municipal elections in late March gave new Prime Minister Manuel Valls a 58% approval rating while President François Hollande sank to an all-time low of 18%. All hopes are now pinned on Valls, as it appears that most voters have given up on Hollande. Could Hollande's foisting so many of his old ministers on Valls's new cabinet be his revenge on the ambitious young prime minister? It leaves Valls rather hamstrung, with little room to maneuver. Nevertheless, if Valls can maintain the voters' confidence while implementing the tough reforms and cutbacks planned over the next three years, he could present a serious threat to Hollande in the 2017 presidential elections.
|Manuel Valls and François Hollande|
Look to May 1 Labor Day for mass demonstrations in the streets.
Success with the elderly crowd guaranteed.