Nearly two-thirds of French voters are disappointed by President Nicolas Sarkozy's performance since his election two years ago, according to a new poll published on Monday.
Asked in a survey for the Metro daily whether they were satisfied with Sarkozy, 65 per cent of respondents said they were disappointed, 24 per cent were satisfied and 11 per cent said they had no opinion.
The same survey found that 63 per cent viewed Sarkozy's overall record in office as negative while 28 per cent regarded it as positive. Nine per cent said they had no opinion.
The figures roughly correspond to those garnered by Sarkozy's predecessor Jacques Chirac at the same stage in his mandate, the paper said.
Sarkozy, who was elected president after Chirac stood down in May 2007, has been facing mounting public anger over his handling of the economic crisis with more than one million people taking part in demonstrations in recent weeks.
Some 250,000 people have joined the ranks of France's 2.2 million jobless already this year and workers angry over layoffs are staging "bossnappings" despite warnings from Sarkozy that such radical tactics are illegal.