African intervention gives Hollande needed boost

François Hollande clearly needs to keep finding new ways for his army to intervene abroad, as once again France's decision to send troops in to a country has seen the beleaguered president's approval ratings rise.

African intervention gives Hollande needed boost
Unpopular Hollande has once again seen his ratings boosted after France's intervention in Central African Republic. Photo: Sia Kambou/AFP

France's unpopular president, Francois Hollande, has found some succour in the latest opinion poll after deploying soldiers to the Central African Republic, gaining four points in a month to 33
percent approval.

The fillip in the BVA monthly survey published Monday lifts Hollande from the 26 percent low he was plumbing in October – the lowest rating of any French president in more than 50 years.

Hollande's approval ratings saw a similar jump after his decision to send troops in to Mali earlier this year.

A BVA representative, Gael Sliman, said Hollande's decision to send French troops into the Central African Republic a week ago to prevent an implosion of the poor country explained the bump, partly compensating public anger over higher taxes and other issues.

"It's also likely that the latest good unemployment figures will start to help this improvement," he said.

The rise in public opinion was also buoying Hollande's prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, whose approval rating rose from 25 percent in October to 28 percent.

Still, 66 percent of the 991 adults in the telephone survey conducted on Thursday and Friday declared they had a bad opinion of Hollande, with most respondents finding the Socialist leader's policies ineffective and unfair.

Seventy percent disliked Ayrault, with most believing he should be replaced.

The poll's results had a statistical margin of error of up to three percent.

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French president’s ex girlfriend says she has been sacked by magazine

Valerie Trierweiler, the ex-girlfriend of former French president François Hollande, said on Thursday that she had been sacked by Paris Match magazine.

French president's ex girlfriend says she has been sacked by magazine
Valerie Trierweiler wrote a tell-all book about the former president's affair. Photo: AFP

The journalist took revenge on Hollande for spurning her for actress Julie Gayet with a sensational 2014 kiss-and-tell memoir called Thank You for This Moment, which all but sank Hollande's presidency.

The book became an instant bestseller, and Hollande, a Socialist, never lived down his alleged references to the “toothless” poor.

Trierweiler, 55, had worked for the glossy weekly as a political correspondent, interviewer and columnist for three decades.


“I discovered in the middle of my summer holidays in an extremely brutal way that I have been sacked from Paris Match after 30 years,” Trierweiler said on Twitter.

“This sacking was for no reason and has left me shocked and astonished,” she added.

Trierweiler was famously admitted to hospital after Hollande's affair was revealed by paparazzi images of his nightly visits by scooter to Gayet's apartment.

The politician had tried to portray himself as a safe pair of hands “Mr Normal” in contrast to his mercurial predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy.

As well as spending most of her career at Paris Match, Trierweiler also interviews politicians for the French television channel Direct 8.