Monday 18 December 2017

President's popularity jumps after scandal



French president Francois Hollande's popularity has risen from a record low in the wake of affair allegations, a fresh poll has revealed.

The Socialist president's approval rating jumped two points to 26pc in the aftermath of the scandal, according to a poll in 'Le Nouvel Observateur' magazine.

It is in contrast with the US, where former president Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives for misleading investigators about his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky,

Mr Hollande's dalliance didn't render him more unpopular.

A separate Ifop poll showed that 77pc of French voters consider the affair a private matter.

Mr Hollande -- who succeeded Nicolas Sarkozy as president in 2012 -- is set to be queried about the liaison when he holds one of his twice-yearly press conferences today. Mr Hollande isn't married, although he has been in a long-term relationship with journalist Valerie Trierweiler (48).

Before that, he was with former French presidential candidate Segolene Royal, with whom he has four children. The two were not married.

The 'Closer' expose shows how private lives of France's politicians have become increasingly public.

In contrast with Mr Hollande, former French president Francois Mitterrand was able to keep both his battle with cancer and the existence of a daughter he had with a mistress out of the press during his 14-year presidency that ended in 1995.

Irish Independent

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