Keyword: Elysée

France’s Republican Guard ‘too costly’, watchdog rules

Cour des Comptes says guard, which protects president and his palace, is too expensive and would be unable to resist a terrorist attack in Paris.

Hollande's 'Dijon syndrome': the telling reasons behind the French president’s style of government


A year ago on 6th May 2012 François Hollande won the French presidential election and took office nine days later. Having won the election partly because of his 'Mr Normal' image, the president’s method of governing the country has since attracted heavy criticism from all quarters, including from inside his own party. To mark the anniversary of Hollande's victory Stéphane Alliès analyses the powerful influences that have shaped the president’s approach to power and finds that they can be traced back to the day he was voted in as Socialist Party boss at Dijon a decade ago.

New 'Karachi' probe opened against Sarkozy

Investigation to see if the ex-president violated a confidentiality law when the Elysee published a press release on the affair in September 2011.

President Hollande moves to reassure doubters

“Decline is not our destiny" French president tells his first full press conference at Elysée palace as he battles to dispel doubts over leadership.