Hollande Support Up After Affair

    French president Francois Hollande gives a press conference to present his 2014 policy plans, on January 14, 2014 at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris. This high-profile press conference was initially expected to culminate with a key announcement on reforms to spur economic growth and create jobs but it is yet mostly seen as his first public appearance since news of his alleged affair with a French actress became public. AFP PHOTO ALAIN JOCARD        (Photo credit should read ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

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    In some countries, a good economy wins over the people; in France it’s a steamy affair. French President Francois Hollande’s popularity has risen from a record low according to a poll conducted in the aftermath of reports about an affair between the president and actress Julie Gayet. The president still remains unpopular, but his popularity rose to 26 percent. A separate poll has 77 percent of the French population saying the affair is a private matter. Hollande’s partner, journalist Valerie Trierweiler, has been in the hospital since reading of the affair.

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