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Election clock ticking for France's fumbling Hollande

French President Francois Hollande speaks during a press conference at the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC, April 1, 2016After a blistering week in which French President Francois Hollande made a humiliating U-turn on anti-terror measures and faced massive protests over labour reforms, his prospects for re-election next year look increasingly bleak. The 61-year-old Socialist leader has staked his presidency on a pledge to rein in France’s stubbornly-high unemployment, but his proposed remedy has sparked waves of often violent demonstrations. The protests, which are set to continue this month, came a day after Hollande announced he was scrapping an initiative to strip convicted terrorists of French nationality.

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