Sarkozy to Suffers Heavy Loss in French Regional Poll

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's centre-right party faces is revealed to face massive defeat in regional elections on Sunday, expected to affect the reform as its endeavours begins prior the 2012 presidential campaign.

 

The centre-right encountered the worst losses in years in the first round of the ballot, with Sarkozy's UMP party registering 26 percent compared to 29 percent for the Socialists and 50 percent for leftist parties combined.

 

The second round of voting begun at 8 a.m. (0700 GMT) on Sunday and was hoped to carry till evening. Some polls reveal that a comparatively large abstention rate of around 55 percent could be expected.

 

Fears about job losses, immigration and security, along with angriness related to issues such as bank bailouts and executive pay have all fed attacks on Sarkozy.

 

It is revealed that Sarkozy has already pledged to pause in reform next year and a massive loss in the last midterm election before 2012 could warn him more about initiating afflicting cuts in the big projects which remain in 2010.