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Ratings up for Sarkozy, but scandal ahead?

An opinion poll yesterday showed French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s popularity rebounding from record lows, but he faced a growing scandal from allegations of kickbacks on 1990s naval deals with Pakistan.

PARIS – An opinion poll yesterday showed French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s popularity rebounding from record lows, but he faced a growing scandal from allegations of kickbacks on 1990s naval deals with Pakistan.

The conservative leader, 55, hoped a cabinet reshuffle last week would help turn the page on a difficult year marred by allegations of illegal funding of his conservative UMP party and national protests over his pension reform.

 
 
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