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After Charlie Hebdo, François Hollande needs to stand tall in Europe, too

The French are finally starting to believe in their president. Now he has to convince the Germans and the Greeks

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

Marginally more popular: François Hollande © Matthieu Riegler

As Christine Ockrent observes in her piece in the current issue of Prospect, the “French political class looked better than it had done for some time” in early January, in the wake of the slaughter at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the murder, two days later, of four French Jews at a kosher supermarket on the outskirts of Paris. This was particularly true of the President himself, François Hollande, who seemed…

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