PARIS — France’s president just can’t seem to win.
Six months after sweeping to power on an anti-austerity wave, polls say Socialist President Francois Hollande is increasingly disliked. Leftists are disappointed he’s not spending more state money to create jobs. Critics on the right say he’s raising too many taxes.
Hollande defended his presidency and answered critics Tuesday with what’s becoming his signature message: “Recovery takes time.” Fixing a zero-growth economy and 10 percent unemployment doesn’t happen overnight, he said at the first big news conference of his term.