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Hollande's day of disasters ends with new blow

Published on Sep 5, 2014 6:25 AM
A file picture taken on 2012 in Paris shows French Socialist Party (PS) MP Thomas Thevenoud. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Embattled French President Francois Hollande was hit by a triple whammy of political calamities on Thursday, with a tell-all book by his former lover, record unpopularity and the resignation of one of his ministers over his tax affairs.

Confidence in the socialist leader has plunged to an all-time low of 13 per cent, according to a new poll taken before a staggering memoir by Hollande's former partner Valerie Trierweiler painted him as cold, smug and contemptuous of the poor.

While France was still reeling from the surprise publication of what the press described as a "killer blow" to his presidency, international trade minister Thomas Thevenoud was forced to resign after only nine days because of "problems with a tax declaration".

The Elysee first announced that he was stepping down for "personal reasons", before a government source told AFP that it was because he had "problems with his taxes".

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