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Protest against Hollande in Paris, but it doesn't cite his split with the first lady

FILE - In this Sunday, May 6, 2012 file photo French president-elect Francois Hollande embraces his companion Valerie Trierweiler after greeting crowds gathered to celebrate his election victory in Bastille Square in Paris, France. A French news agency has reported that President Francois Hollande has ended his relationship with his companion of seven years Valerie Trierweiler. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)
January 26, 2014 - 7:46 AM

PARIS - About 1,500 people have marched through central Paris to criticize President Francois Hollande.

Carrying banners saying "The French are angry!" Sunday's demonstrators by people from about 50 organizations cited France's struggling economy and high unemployment, its taxes, their housing needs and lack of personal freedoms.

They didn't mention the biggest international news event surrounding Hollande, the secret affair that led him to announce on Saturday that he's ending his seven-year relationship with Valerie Trierweiler, France's first lady.

With Hollande's approval rating in France standing at about 30 per cent, Trierweiler was travelling to India on Sunday on a long-scheduled humanitarian mission.

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