Hollande's day of disasters ends with new blow

France's President Francois Hollande arrives for the NATO Summit dinner at Cardiff Castle on September 4, 2014 in Cardiff, south WalesEmbattled French President Francois Hollande was hit by a triple whammy of political calamities on Thursday, with a tell-all book by his former lover, record unpopularity and the resignation of one of his ministers over his tax affairs. Confidence in the socialist leader has plunged to an all-time low of 13 percent, according to a new poll taken before a staggering memoir by Hollande’s former partner Valerie Trierweiler painted him as cold, smug and contemptuous of the poor. While France was still reeling from the surprise publication of what the press described as a “killer blow” to his presidency, international trade minister Thomas Thevenoud was forced to resign after only nine days because of “problems with a tax declaration”. The resignation had uncomfortable echoes of the so-called Cahuzac affair, when Hollande’s budget minister Jerome Cahuzac — who had been tasked with cracking down on tax fraud — was sacked in March 2013 for evading taxes through non-declared Swiss bank accounts.

Share this article