|Shrinking President Hollande|
Halfway through his first five-year term, the president's standing in the polls has now reached a dismal 13 percent, the lowest ranking ever for a French president. He has lost the support of the left wing of his own Socialist party which has spawned a block of dissenters that threatens to change the balance of power in the Parliament during a Vote of Confidence there this week. Depending on the outcome, the ruling party may lose its narrow majority, in which case the specter of a referendum, new elections and co-habitation with the center-right UMP opposition party looms large.
TRIERWEILER BACK WITH A VENGEANCE
|Filippetti and Montebourg|
WAIT AND CROSS FINGERS
|Valls and Hollande, worried and waiting|