French President Francois Hollande would be unlikely to win the next Presidential election a new poll has found. The poll has gone further by suggesting he is unlikely to make it past the first round of voting. The poll conducted against all other mainstream right winger candidates (potential) Hollande would have been beaten out by the far right National Front’s Marine Le Pen. The main opposition party is due to hold its candidate selection process in November while Socialist Hollange is yet to outline his intentions. Hollande is now famous at home for suggesting he would not run again if the unemployment rates did not improve as well as the economy overall.
Hollande has come out defending his record by saying that “Things are going better: there is more growth, less deficit, more competitiveness, better margins for companies, more purchasing power for workers,” and "My goal was to modernise the country by protecting its social model," when tested by a French journalist he went on to say "Yes, it’s getting better: there is more growth, less deficit, less taxes, more competitiveness, more margins for businesses, more purchasing power for workers,"
France is still recovering from multiple terrorist attacks and has become bogged down in Africa as it attempts to fight on a number of fronts. The economy has not improved and unemployment remains stubbornly high.
Hollande was elected in May 2012 on a left-leaning platform but switched tack as the economy faltered to embrace more pro-business reforms. That has eroded support among his traditional Socialist backers and brought unions and young people onto the streets in protest, even though many of the proposed reforms have been watered down.
Adding to the public's perception of a wavering leader, Hollande was pressured into dropping plans drafted after last year’s Paris attacks to strip French nationality from French-born dual citizens convicted of terrorism.
Recent polls have shown Hollande failing to make it to the second round of a presidential election regardless of who runs against him, with even controversial far-right leader Marine Le Pen making it to the run-off.
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