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The travails of François Hollande

Things may just have got worse for the French president

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

Happier times: a poster celebrating François Hollande's election victory in 2012

In the current issue of Prospect, I’ve written a short note to accompany Christine Ockrent’s excellent essay about the travails of François Hollande. I discuss the scandal that consumed Hollande’s former budget minister, Jérôme Cahuzac, who was forced to resign in April this year after it emerged that he’d kept the existence of a bank account in Switzerland containing more than €600,000 a secret from the French tax authorities.

Although Hollande acted swiftly once Cahuzac resigned, launching…

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