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Could Sarkozy gain popularity points with Libya crisis?

By Mark Rodden

France was the first country to recognise the Libyan rebels' National Transitional Council as the country's legitimate government and French planes were the first to launch airstrikes on Libya last weekend. So with French President Nicolas Sarkozy struggling domestically, could a successful intervention in Libya give his popularity rating a much-needed boost ahead of next year's election?

Front National puts Sarkozy's party in a bind in local polls