Immigrant children top French popularity poll
Monday 15 August 2005
The latest popularity contest by IFOP, published by the Journal du Dimanche, also confirms the low esteem in which France holds its mainstream politicians.
The highest place reached by an active political figure was 38th - achieved by Olivier Besancenot, 30, a boyish, Trotskyist postman. Although his party - the Ligue Communiste Revolutionnaire - commands only 2 per cent of the vote, M. Besancenot's clean-cut good-looks and plain talking have made him a fravourite among left-leaning young people. Always presented as a postman and part-time politician, he is actually a middle class boy from an academic family who turned postman to get working-class credentials.
The vote - a six-monthly exercise in national navel-gazing - may be somewhat misleading. The poll was taken in June and July - before Zidane announced that he would end his retirement from international football and return to help a struggling France qualify for the World Cup next summer.
President Jacques Chirac only just scraped into the top 50 at 47th place. His ambitious former protégé turned bitter rival, the Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, was a sobering 48th.
Noah, 45, French-born, with a father from Cameroun, is still captain of France's Davis Cup team but created a new career as a pop singer 14 years ago. He has been rising in popularity in recent polls, partly because of his charitable work for children and for the developing world.
With Zidane, whose parents are Algerian, in second place, the two top spots in this summer's chart were occupied by the children of immigrants. Jean-Marie Le Pen, the anti-immigrant politician, did not figure.
Oscar Pistorius trial: Paralympian sick again after photographs of Reeva Steenkamp's body are shown in court
Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: US pushes search towards vast expanse of the Indian Ocean
Seth Rogen compiles list of all the celebrities he’s got high with
Oscar Pistorius trial: Photographs of Paralympian splattered in blood shown in court
Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Focus shifts west as Indian Ocean becomes latest search area for the aircraft and its passengers
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Europeans have ‘got whiter’ due to natural selection in past 5,000 years, scientists say
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
The rise of Ukip: Study warns Labour that Eurosceptic party's electoral base now 'more working class than any of the main parties'
- 1 Tony Benn meets Ali G: Watch Labour veteran burn Sacha Baron Cohen
- 2 Women do experience two different types of orgasm, study reveals
- 3 Tony Benn dead: Veteran Labour politician passes away at 88
- 4 Istanbul protesters take 'Ellen selfie' from the back of a police van
- 5 Gauthier Soho has ranted against 'food blaggers' - so can we really trust online reviews?
£50000 - £60000 per annum: Charter Selection: This well respected and exciting...
£40000 - £50000 per annum: Charter Selection: This exciting company and market...
£40000 - £60000 per annum + EXCELLENT SALARY: Austen Lloyd: Senior Private Cli...
£25,000 to £35,000: IT Connections Ltd: Signal Processing Engineer / Acoustics...