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Hollande’s First 100 Days Disappoint French, Figaro Poll Shows

President Francois Hollande’s first 100 days in office have left 54 percent of the French surveyed by Ifop unhappy with his performance and 51 percent said they think the country is changing for the worse, Le Figaro said today, citing the pollster.

Forty percent think the countries that use the euro can work together to resolve the economic crisis; a third say he can cut France’s debt and public deficit; and 27 percent said he can lower unemployment, the newspaper said, citing the poll.

The measures Hollande has taken since being elected were more popular as 82 percent approved of the 30 percent salary cut he and his ministers took, 75 percent backed the withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan, 71 percent favor the return to retirement at 60 for some workers, and 59 percent backed the 2 percent increase in the minimum wage, Figaro said.

Ifop surveyed 1,004 people from Aug. 6 to 8 using an online questionnaire for Figaro. No margin of error was given.

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