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PRAGUE — Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidential election triumph in May, and now the victory of his party, the UMP, in the parliamentary election, has created the most favorable opportunity in decades for deep structural reform in France. Not only did Sarkozy win the presidency with 53 percent of the vote, but his approval rating has since soared, to 62 percent, after he formed an inclusive government with high-ranking recruits from the opposition.

In the first round of the parliamentary election, the UMP won a record-high 40 percent of the vote. While voters denied the UMP a landslide victory in the second round, its overall win meant that the governing party retained its legislative majority for the first time in 29 years.

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