France’s Hollande Enters Final Year in Office Disavowed and Ineffective

French President Francois Hollande after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., March 31, 2016 (AP photo by Jose Luis Magana).
French President Francois Hollande after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., March 31, 2016 (AP photo by Jose Luis Magana).

Large street protests across France in the past week against proposed labor reforms are the latest sign of the trouble President Francois Hollande finds himself in at home. The demonstrations came on the heels of Hollande’s retreat from another controversial and unpopular measure, pushed after the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, to strip dual nationals convicted of terrorism of their French citizenship. As he enters the final year of his term, Hollande is in the weakest position by far of any president in the history of France’s Fifth Republic. His poll numbers for job approval have been negative since […]

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