In 2008, he pledged 100,000 new ones. He was elected on a promise to revive employment, let workers earn more, and protect their pensions.
He pledged one thing and did another. He deplores worker rights. He supports reducing labor costs and cutting payrolls.
Over 1.4 million lost jobs. Around half a million were industrial ones. Wages and benefits were cut. So were pensions. Austerity harms European workers, including French ones.
Voters want him out. He advanced to a May 6 runoff. Polls show him well behind, though two late ones reflect a closer race. Let them eat cake policies win few friends. Neither does supporting imperial America.
New information surfaced about Gaddafi offering millions to fund his campaign. The French web site Mediapart said it had a 2006 Libyan document Gaddafi's intelligence chief Moussa Koussa signed. It offered Sarkozy $66 million.
"It's a setup, a slanderous" claim, he responded. He accused Mediapart of being a leftist mouthpiece. Opposition candidate Hollande urged judicial authorities investigate. So did Segolene Royal, the 2007 race runner-up. Gaddafi, of course, can't confirm or deny reports. Dead men tell no tales.
Sarkozy's right wing agenda can't be denied. Nor can his hostility to democratic rights, immigrants, Roma, and and Islam.
France has Europe's largest Muslim population. It's about 10% of its populace. Sarkozy calls wearing the burqa a "symbol of enslavement," adding:
"We cannot accept to have in our country women who are prisoners behind netting, cut off from all social life, deprived of identity."
His solution is force-feeding secularism. It's also about Islamophobia. It's increasing dangerously. Right wing extremism fuels it. Sarkozy's neo-fascism shares blame. The French umbrella Muslim group CFCM said attacks and insults rose 22% in 2011.
Interior Ministry figures show dozens of reported cases. According to CFCM's president Abdallah Zekri, official numbers way understate reality. Many victims stay silent.
They face physical attacks, insults, provocations, Koran burnings or profanations, as well as incidents affecting mosques and cemeteries.
How likely winner Hollande handles these and other vital concerns won't likely please voters. They're being set up again for disappointment. They especially want pocket book issues addressed. Hollande's agenda is opposite of what they need.
Ahead of the May 6 vote, he pledged more structural harshness. He supports worker layoffs. Hard hit French companies plan them. Sweeping ones are likely. So are more plant closings, wage and benefit cuts, and other measures on top of everything harming labor so far.
Called "Mr. Normal" by some, his political record is noticeably undistinguished. Perhaps he's the least worst choice, but France deserves better.
New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik calls him "the inoffensive, myopic, weight-conscious Socialist candidate, a man so milky-mild that one has to project onto him a secret life to make him seem not just a fully credible politician but a fully credible human being."