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France's unpopular president hits new bump

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  • French President Francois Hollande offers a rose to his companion Valerie Trierweiler back in May 2012. The woman considered France's first lady was hospitalized after a report that Hollande is having an affair with an actress, her office said Sunday.

    French President Francois Hollande offers a rose to his companion Valerie Trierweiler back in May 2012. The woman considered France's first lady was hospitalized after a report that Hollande is having an affair with an actress, her office said Sunday.
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A sex scandal is the last thing France's president needs. Three-quarters of the French already think Francois Hollande is doing a lousy job of running the world's No. 5 economy. And now a big policy address Tuesday is sure to be overshadowed by personal troubles so awkward that even the famously blase French can't ignore them.

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