news: — “Hollande tests limits of French tolerance ” …

  • 21 Jan 2014
  • International New York Times
  • BY ELAINE SCIOLINO, ALISSA J. RUBIN AND MAÏA DE LA BAUME

Hollande tests limits of French tolerance

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Perception that he’s cold and calculating could put him at political risk

As a candidate for the French presidency in 2012, François Hollande promised to be more boring spouse than flamboyant seducer.

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MICHAEL KOOREN/REUTERS

François Hollande during a visit on Monday to the Netherlands. He faces the challenge of keeping reports of an affair from undercutting his ambitious new agenda.Determined to set himself apart from the man he was seeking to unseat, Nicolas Sarkozy, whose marriage to the former model Carla Bruni had helped make him tabloid fodder, Mr. Hollande proclaimed, ‘‘I, president of the republic, will make sure that my behavior is exemplary at every moment.’’

Twenty months into his presidency, Mr. Hollande’s campaign pledge is faring even less well than the battered French economy.

Caught out in a clandestine affair with enough elements to generate new headlines every day —

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