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Unpopular Hollande defends record on 2nd anniversary of vote

Published on May 6, 2014 9:22 PM
 
French President Francois Hollande addresses youths during his visit at the Institute of Artisanal Trades in Villiers-le-Bel. Francois Hollande marked the second anniversary of his election on the defensive on Tuesday, vowing to speed up reforms as he struggles with the worst approval ratings of any modern French leader. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - Francois Hollande marked the second anniversary of his election on the defensive on Tuesday, vowing to speed up reforms as he struggles with the worst approval ratings of any modern French leader.

With the latest polls showing him again hitting record lows in popularity, the embattled Socialist president took to the airwaves for an hour-long interview to champion his record.

He promised to do more to revive the French economy and fight record joblessness, even as the government pursues 50 billion euros (S$ billion) in cuts to rein in the deficit.

"We must go even faster because this is unacceptable to the French, they want results," Hollande said during the interview and call-in show with BFMTV and RMC radio.

 
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