Following the stunning defeat of his party in Frances regional elections, Jacques Chirac the president yesterday said that he had Heard the message from the people, loud and clear.
The election results, the most complete reversal of voting intention between two elections ever recorded in France, changed the political balance of Frances regions from a previous 14/8 balance in favour of Chiracs conservative party to a 21/1 balance in favour of the socialists.
The message from the people is clear. Chirac told BIGfib. The people were forced to vote for me in the last election in order to beat the extreme right National Front party, but the truth is that they hate me, they want me out.
That is the message the people have sent, and I have received that message loud and clear and will act in consequence.
It is expected that President Chirac who has clearly stated that he has no intention of resigning will sack everyone else in his cabinet later this week.