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Eight French politicians will disguise themselves as citizens struggling with real-world problems in a TV show aimed at narrowing the gap between France's often remote political elite and the public they are elected to serve.But "Mr and Mrs Everyone," due to premiere in a few weeks on the private D8 network, has provoked charges of being a gimmick debasing the decorum of public office at a time when a stagnant French economy and high unemployment has already led to public confidence in politicians hitting lows. The politicians do not play themselves, but instead disguise themselves for one day as people from different walks of life.An Oct. 4 BFM-TV poll found 74 percent of voters pessimistic about France's future and a rising number frustrated by "the powerlessness of politicians in general".
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