Hollande's popularity falls slightly - poll

PARIS Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:50pm BST

French President Francois Hollande attends a news conference at Villa Madama in Rome, June 22, 2012. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

French President Francois Hollande attends a news conference at Villa Madama in Rome, June 22, 2012.

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PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande's popularity has fallen by two percentage points to 59 percent, a poll published on the Journal du Dimanche's website showed on Saturday.

The survey by pollster Ipsos was conducted between June 14 and June 22, a few days before and after the second round on June 17 of France's parliamentary election, which gave a large victory to Hollande's Socialist Party.

Hollande's prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault had an approval rating of 65 percent, unchanged on the previous.

The government plans welfare and civil service job cuts next year to cut up to 30 billion euros (24.2 billion pounds) from the budget deficit, calculating that tax rises on the rich will convince the less well off to accept their share of the pain.

Hollande won a presidential election last month promising to rescue the nation's finances and persuade a sceptical Germany that growth, not austerity, was the key to reviving the troubled euro zone's economy.

(Reporting By Muriel Boselli; Editing by Myra MacDonald)

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