François Hollande. Photo: Flickr.com/jmayrault

François Hollande.
Photo: Flickr.com/jmayrault

Things may be looking up for French President Francois Hollande. His approval ratings rose 2% to reach 32% on September 3, and those of French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault rose 2% to reach 38%. Results were measured according to a survey conducted by polling company Ifop for September.

According to the survey, 67% of the French disapprove of Hollande, with 1% holding no opinion. Regarding international affairs, 55% believe that Hollande is doing his best to defend the interests of the country abroad, especially in light of the Syrian conflict.

On the other hand, 60% disapprove of Ayrault, with 2% holding no opinion.

The French president has been battling low popularity ratings all year, with approval ratings that hit a record low of 26% in June.

Hollande was elected with promises to combat the financial crisis, but given the still-low French employment rates and with the Eurozone still in dire straits, the French public has grown increasingly disillusioned with his administration.

In August, a poll conducted by the company IFOP found that 84% of the French public did have faith in Hollande’s ability to reverse the rising unemployment rate by the end of 2013.