Hollande plays last cards before 2017 presidential race

It’s a crucial week for the French president. With parliament voting on a highly symbolic and controversial constitutional reform and a cabinet reshuffle in the works, one could argue that François Hollande is playing some of his last cards before next year's presidential election. With his popularity in the doldrums and growing discontent within his own Socialist camp, Hollande needs to show that he can regain the initiative if he wants to have any chance of being re-elected next May.