President Hollande waves from a car during his inauguration
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Francois Hollande's tough first year in office

15 May 2013 Last updated at 22:48 BST

Exactly one year after Francois Hollande took office as French President, the country has entered its second recession in four years.

It's another setback for the President, whose poll ratings have fallen faster than any previous French Leader.

The BBC's Europe editor Gavin Hewitt reports.