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Hollande’s gamble

The French care more about jobs than Mali

By Christine Ockrent   March 2013

During his first months at the Elysée, François Hollande pretended to behave like a “normal” president. Nobody quite knew what he meant, short of going to Brussels by train rather than flying the Falcon jet Nicolas Sarkozy so much enjoyed. Soon enough the French wondered whether the socialist, in such contrast to his hyper-reactive predecessor, was up to the job. True, economic and social circumstances have been dire from the start. But the new president’s way of circling around issues, his tactical skills obliterating any sense of a vision for the country, was making his staunchest supporters uneasy.

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