France

French President's Approval Rating Up, to 26 Percent, After News of Affair

Hit a record low 15 percent in November

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French President Francois Hollande dislikes his personal life being discussed in the media, but he might have cause to change his mind — according to one poll his approval rating has gone up following reports that he's having an affair with French actress Julie Gayet.

Hollande's approval rating went up by 2 points to 26 percent, based on a LH2 poll conducted for French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur on Jan. 10 and 11. It's a slight improvement on his performance last year, when he hit a record low of 15 percent in one November poll, making him the most unpopular president in modern French history.