Hollande Approval Rating Rises to 18% from 16%, Ipsos Poll Shows

The approval rating of French President Francois Hollande, who has yet to say whether he’ll seek a second mandate next year, rose to 18 percent this month from 16 percent in June, an Ipsos opinion poll for Le Point Magazine published Tuesday showed.

The popularity of Prime Minister Manuel Valls climbed by 6 percentage points to 26 percent, while that of Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron rose 1 point to 39 percent, the survey also showed. Ipsos interviewed 958 French citizens aged 18 or more poll by phone on Aug. 18-20. It didn’t provide a margin of error.

The approval rating of former President Nicolas Sarkozy, who officially announced Monday that he’ll run in this year’s primaries of opposition party Les Republicains to seek the presidential nomination, fell to 28 percent in August from 31 percent in June, Ipsos said.

The popularity of former Prime Minister Alain Juppe, Sarkozy’s main rival in the Republicain primaries, fell 1 point to 48 percent. Among sympathizers of Les Republicains, Juppe’s rating rose by 3 points to 73 percent, while Sarkozy’s fell by 13 points to 55 percent.