Hollande taps Charlie Hebdo spirit for 'national unity' drive

February 5, 2015 2:30 PM

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Hollande taps Charlie Hebdo spirit for 'national unity' drive

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande sought on Thursday to capitalize on a sense of national unity inspired by last month's Islamist attacks in Paris and announced a new public service job scheme and initiatives in housing and education.

Since the attacks, Hollande's poll ratings - pushed to a historic low of 13 percent by stubbornly low unemployment and by a struggling economy - have doubled.

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