Members of the Foreign Legion parade during the traditional Bastille Day Parade on the Champs Elysees in Paris, Monday, July 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
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President Francois Hollande Monday pleaded with the French to be proud of their country in an attempt to boost confidence at a time of enduring gloom over record unemployment and faltering growth.Speaking in a televised interview on France's national Bastille Day holiday after a military parade commemorating World War I, Hollande tried to persuade the country that his reforms were the right way forward despite opposition within his own ranks.At a time when the eurozone's second-largest economy is still faltering more than two years after Hollande took power, all eyes were on the president's televised interview – an annual tradition on national day and his first media outing in over two months.In a bid to appease critics, Hollande Monday pledged to cut taxes next year for "several hundred thousand" people and also to boost jobs for young people – one in four of whom are unemployed – by kickstarting apprenticeships.
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