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French behind 'war on crime'

PRESIDENT Sarkozy's ratings, near a historic low for any French President, have twitched upwards for the first time in more than a year.

The explanation is simple: the French back his war on crime and illegal immigration.

According to a poll for Le Figaro, 79pc support the demolition of Roma camps and the expulsion of residents.

More than 80pc back his scheme to strip citizenship from "people of foreign origin" if they threaten the lives of police, commit polygamy or carry out female circumcision.

The offensive has also drawn the spotlight away from the early summer scandal over his party's ties with its benefactor Liliane Bettencourt, the L'Oreal cosmetics heiress.