Sacré Bleu! Socialism in France as Unpopular as ‘Progressivism’ is in U.S.: Hollande Approval Ratings Freeze Over in Midterm French Poll

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Half-way into his five-year mandate the popularity of French President Francois Hollande hit a new low on Thursday, hours before the Socialist leader addresses the nation to defend his shaky record on the economy.

“The absence of a clear vision and lack of coherence in economic policies is weighing on confidence and therefore investment and economic activity.” 

— CEO Jean-Paul Chifflet

In the worst score for a president in modern-day polling, Hollande received a 12 percent approval rating in the monthly survey by pollster YouGov, down 15 percent from the prior month. Other recent polls have put his popularity at 13 percent.

[Also see: François Hollande a Lying Socialist who ‘Doesn’t Like the Poor,’ says Ex-Girlfriend]

Earlier the chief executive of France’s third-largest bank, Credit Agricole, slammed Hollande’s government for its uncertain efforts to kickstart the eurozone’s second largest economy.

“The absence of a clear vision and lack of coherence in economic policies is weighing on confidence and therefore investment and economic activity,” CEO Jean-Paul Chifflet said during a conference call to present the bank’s results.

Hollande is due later to face journalists and members of the public for a question-and-answer session on prime-time TF1 evening television. He will likely face criticism about broken promises to cut rising unemployment and public deficits.

Hollande failed to meet his goal of reversing the rise in unemployment by the end of last year. A pro-business strategy to boost the economy through tax breaks for companies who boost hiring has alienated many of his left-wing former backers.

His impopularity has stoked a backlash from rebel lawsmakers on the left of the Socialist Party seeking…(read more)

Reuters

(Reporting By Alexandria Sage; editing by Mark John)


3 Comments on “Sacré Bleu! Socialism in France as Unpopular as ‘Progressivism’ is in U.S.: Hollande Approval Ratings Freeze Over in Midterm French Poll”

  1. phildange says:

    The last time “sacrebleu” was pronounced in France was about the XIXth century, and the last time it was written “sacré bleu” was around the XVIth century . Each time I read this I know it comes from an American who has no idea of the real world around .
    And believing French power is Socialist is a product of an American Fantasy Land, just like Mickey Mouse .

    • The Butcher says:

      Annoying you with the comic use of “sacrebleu” is a badge of honor!

      You’re suggesting Hollande is not a Socialist? (And that France has power?) I admire your sense of humor.

      When you visit Disneyland in France, say hello to Mickey.

  2. […] The Butcher Half-way into his five-year mandate the popularity of French President Francois Hollande hit a new […]


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