Keyword: François Holland

French opinion backs Angela Merkel ahead of election

Ahead of German election, poll shows that Germany's chancellor enjoys higher ratings among French public than President François Hollande.

British-based French voters preferred Nicolas Sarkozy

French citizens living in Britain put the current president a whisker ahead of François Hollande, who came top in France itself.

French presidential second round – a tale of two campaigns

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As François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy battle it out head-to-head ahead of the second round of the French presidential election, they face very different challenges. For the Socialist Party's Hollande, with victory seemingly in his grasp, the aim is to maintain the same measured approach that has marked his campaign so far. For Sarkozy, however, the success of the far-right Front National in the first round has raised a dilemma. Should he court the FN's first-round voters – or instead focus on attracting voters from the political centre? At stake are not just Sarkozy's chance of winning the election, but the future of the right in French politics. First Stéphane Alliès and then Marine Turchi report on two contrasting campaigns ahead of the decisive vote on May 6th.

Hollande sets France and Germany on collision course

Austerity strategy poised on a knife-edge as Socialists under François Hollande look set to storm the Elysée Palace in French election