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Thousands mark Hollande’s first year with protests

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Paris on Sunday to mark Socialist President François Hollande’s first year in office by accusing him of turning his back on the left.

On the eve of the anniversary of Hollande’s May 6 win last year over right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy, the Communist-backed Left Front gathered supporters for a march starting at the Bastille, the iconic square of the French Revolution.

The demonstrations come with polls showing Hollande as the most unpopular president in modern French history. Many voters are angered by an economy on the edge of recession and unemployment hitting a 16-year high.

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