Sunday, June 10, 2007
It looks like the stress of last month's presidential election took its toll on the French. According to Le Figaro, the level of abstention in the first-round Parliamentary elections is projected to set a record of 37%.
It's not like there's been a whole lot of suspense about the outcome. The Socialist Party is in disarray, most of Bayrou's centrist incumbents abandoned his new political party, and Sarkozy and his government have made a strong impression in their first few weeks in office.
The question has been how big a majority Sarkozy will have to work with. By the looks of things, the answer is a substantial one.