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Hollande vow falls by wayside as jobless rate climbs

Jan 27, 2014, 3:56 PM EST
French President Francois Hollande greeets Vatican Gentlemen as he arrives at the Cortile di San Damaso for a visit with Pope Francis on January 24, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican.
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French President Francois Hollande's big speech on the economy, complete with a pivot toward austerity, was buried by the bruhaha over his affair. Now he's faced with more bleak unemployment numbers, his promise that the jobless rate would tick downward by the end of 2013 broken. 

Background: 

Hollande promise broken as French unemployment rises [Reuters]

Lessons on the French soap opera [The Economist]

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