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Hollande's 'Tartuffe' Syndrome

France could be headed towards a catastrophe, with its leader making political pledges he cannot honour, mainly because of his approach.

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Mr Hollande's popularity rating is at record low levels for a modern-day French leader. On the same day that the recent opinion poll was published, he gave a long televised interview in which he combined admissions of failure with new promises.

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IN his classic comedy "Tartuffe", or "The Impostor", French playwright Molière shows that allowing pride, rather than reason, to dictate one's actions invariably ends badly. French President François Hollande appears to have an advanced case of Tartuffe's malady, repeatedly making