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Hollande helps the far right

France’s leader was elected on the promise that the rich would pay—now everybody does

By Christine Ockrent   January 2014

François Hollande is the least popular French President in history, according to polls. “Another couple of weeks, and we’ll be able to call [our supporters] by their first names!” a presidential advisor said bitterly the other day, summing up the mood at the Elysée. The President had just been booed on Remembrance Day. The Prime Minister was ridiculed in parliament by members of his own Socialist party. Protestors in Brittany—who have taken to wearing red caps like their ancestors resisting the King’s taxes—tore apart new toll gates on highways. Farmers circled Paris with tractors, slowing down access for almost a…

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