Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Unpopular socialist Hollande struggles with winter of discontent
November 12, 2013

French leader Francois Hollande, the country’s most unpopular president on record, was battling Tuesday to contain a rising tide of social discontent amid rumours of an imminent cabinet reshuffle.

The Socialist head of state faces more unrest this week with fresh protests against government policies scheduled by teachers and self-employed tradespeople in the wake of recent violent demonstrations against a proposed new tax on heavy goods vehicles.

The protests have led to the measure being temporarily suspended, adding to the sense of a government drifting impotently from one crisis to another, dogged by headlines of record unemployment, voter dissatisfaction and popular anger over factory closures.

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