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France: Woman goes on hunger strike "until Hollande quits"01:25

France: Woman goes on hunger strike "until Hollande quits"

France, Paris
January 28, 2014 at 00:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

France: Woman goes on hunger strike "until Hollande quits"

A woman on a hunger strike near Paris' iconic Eiffel Tower says she won't end her protest until French President Francois Hollande steps down. Beatrice Bourges, who has been on a hunger strike since Sunday, has been particularly vocal about Hollande's split from long-time partner Valerie Trierweiler, after details of an affair he was having with an actress emerged in a French gossip magazine.

She said: "For the past year and a half, the president is bringing France to ruin. He has ruined france, and a great number of French people do not want that to continue until 2017."

She went on to admonish the president for his conduct over the affair, saying: ""The way he left her, asking her through the press to pack her bags, is absolutely inadmissible. And someone who is able to do that is able to bring the country to ruins, because he has absolutely no consideration and it proves he only thinks of himself."

Bourges was approached by police around 23.00 local time (2200 GMT) Monday, and was forced to move her protest elsewhere.

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France: Woman goes on hunger strike "until Hollande quits"

A woman on a hunger strike near Paris' iconic Eiffel Tower says she won't end her protest until French President Francois Hollande steps down. Beatrice Bourges, who has been on a hunger strike since Sunday, has been particularly vocal about Hollande's split from long-time partner Valerie Trierweiler, after details of an affair he was having with an actress emerged in a French gossip magazine.

She said: "For the past year and a half, the president is bringing France to ruin. He has ruined france, and a great number of French people do not want that to continue until 2017."

She went on to admonish the president for his conduct over the affair, saying: ""The way he left her, asking her through the press to pack her bags, is absolutely inadmissible. And someone who is able to do that is able to bring the country to ruins, because he has absolutely no consideration and it proves he only thinks of himself."

Bourges was approached by police around 23.00 local time (2200 GMT) Monday, and was forced to move her protest elsewhere.

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