Calls for Francois Hollande to step down after embarrassing tellall book is published


The book, “A President Should Not Say That”, has been met with a combination of fury and scorn after two journalists were granted unfettered access to the under fire politician.

The socialist president, who has been responsible for a massive shift to the right in France, took aim at lawyers, judges, his ex-girlfriend and even the French national football team.

Now there are calls for him to resign, with a petition attracting more than 5000 signatures, after the 672-page book was released to abject horror in the Republic. 

French media has wall-to-wall coverage of the fall out from the book which was published after Mr Hollande agreed to take part in 61 interviews with two reporters from French newspaper The World.

In the interviews he slammed his ex-partner Valérie Trierweiler for her “obsessive jealousy” calling her “an unhappy woman” prompting her to reveal on twitter that the President allegedly refers to poor people as “the toothless.”

Mr Hollande also referred to footballers in the French national team as “ill-mannered kids” and levelled his anger at magistrates insisting the country”s justice system was “a cowardly institution.”

Yesterday French newspaper leJDD released a poll that showed just 14 per cent of the French public were supportive of Mr Hollande ahead of his announcement that he will seek a second presidential term in next year”s elections.

While a poll conducted by Les Echos revealed that 78 per cent of the public are outraged that Mr Hollande cooperated with the book. 

The country”s Prime Minister Manuel Valls was dragged into the debate while on a trip to Canada.

He said: “All these discussions, they’re not good for politics and for democracy.”

Now Hollande has been forced to defend his bizarre behaviour insisting he is determined to cut unemployment in his country where 2.8 million people are out of work.

He said: “I can hear the doubts and impatience, but my duty, with the government of Manuel Valls, is to move forward and act tirelessly for the French in particular to bring down unemployment.

“I have faced many crises. […] I had no respite. But I still held out.”

And in a letter to judges whom he took aim at, he apologised saying: “I deeply regret what has been taken as an insult by judges, whose courage and devotion to their difficult work I admire every day.”

Mr Hollande has been under serious pressure for his failure to tackle terrorism as well as turn France”s economy around.

He has also been criticised after it was revealed he uses taxpayer”s cash to pay his hairdresser €10,000 (£9,017) a month.

The book revelations come hot on the heels of news that a film producer is working on a biopic of Valérie Trierweiler’s revenge memoir, Merci Pour Ce Moment translated as Thank You For This Moment.

Ms Trierweiler”s book, which was published in 2014, alleged that Mr Hollande is a hypocrite, a serial liar and that he”s media-obsessed. 

She wrote: “He campaigned as the enemy of the rich, but the truth is that he despises the poor.”