The Prime Time television "interview" of President Hollande last night, was planned to enable him to explain his difficulties in the present context of a World recession.
The general impression afterwards was twofold;
a) There was nothing new in what he said last night,
b) He pushed back the expected delivery date to end 2013, before he expects to be able to fullfill on the promises he made before his election and since to become President in May 2012 !!!
To put it mildly, 72% of those who watched the interview, were left stunned and frustrated, that he did not explain clearly, or more clearly, what he was going to do to solve their current problems like unemployment !
There are many subjects which were not discussed. Were they purposely avoided ? He said there was a worldwide recession, which would "unlock" at the end of 2013 !!! Then his "promises" together with his "Box of tools" (tricks ?) which he has carefully prepared, France would be ready to face the future !!!
This gave a "pie in the sky" impression !!! President Hollande was quick to avoid any great discussion of the EUROZONE and its treatment of CYPRUS. Perhaps he wanted to distance himself from Mrs Merkel ?
Political parties in France are all critical of his performance. He himself is not flustered !!! He knows he still has more than four years before the next Presidential election !!!