François Hollande

Closer ordered to pay damages to actress in Hollande affair

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The magazine must pay 15,000 euros for breaching Julie Gayet's privacy with photos revealing her relationship with the French president.

Hollande hit by National Front vote in municipal elections

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The far-right FN wins its first mayoral seat since 1995 and appears well placed to gain other towns as ruling socialists hit by record low turnout.

Hollande braces for pain as French begin local vote, far right set for gains

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Major gains possible for far-right National Front in elections for mayors across the country with president's poll ratings at record low.

French unions see modest turnout for anti-reform protests

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Paris police say 10,000 people joined demonstrations over Hollande's 'responsibility pact' which aims to slash labour costs, unions claim 60,000. 

Hollande hires gangster rap expert to write speeches

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Pierre-Yves Bocquet, graduate of top French school for civil servants and future presidents, has double life as Pierre Evil the hip hop music critic.

French central bank forecasts first-quarter growth of just 0.2 percent

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The country's statistics office also says that French industrial output began the year on a weak footing due to a slowdown in energy production.

French opinion survey rates Strauss-Kahn better leader than Hollande

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The poll shows most find the disgraced former IMF chief more competent than both François Hollande and his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.

Hollande pledges France will strive to avoid CAR split

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On a visit to the Central African Republic, the French president pledged strong military support to avoid a break-up of the strife-torn country.

Security heads agenda during Hollande visit to Nigeria

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The French president, the only Western leader invited to Nigeria's centenary celebrations, pledged to support fight against terrorist groups.

Hollande phones Moroccan king to cool diplomatic spat

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The row centres on a French police bid to quizz Moroccan spy chief, and a French diplomat's alleged comments on rights abuses by Morocco.

Not enough - French feminists react to women resistance fighters in Panthéon

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Activists said they hoped for more after news that Germaine Tillion and Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz are to be placed in the Panthéon.

De Gaulle niece tipped for burial in male-dominated Panthéon

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Number of women buried at France’s famed memorial set to double as President Hollande prepares announcement on honouring France's greats.

President Hollande's high-risk strategy over free trade talks with US

International — Analysis

During his recent visit to Washington French president François Hollande surprised many observers by calling for a speeding up of the negotiations for a EU-US free trade agreement, the biggest deal of its kind in the world. The president's demands are in sharp contrast with France's earlier caution over the free trade zone, an issue which has provoked concern and opposition across Europe. For some, it also seems a curious stance to adopt just weeks before important European elections at which the proposed deal is set to be a controversial issue. Ludovic Lamant reports.

Hollande bids to woo foreign investors back to France

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President meets 30 top executives for talks on business climate after France suffered a 77 percent drop in foreign direct investment last year.

Hollande and his prime minister drift apart


After 20 months in power, relations between French President François Hollande and Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault are showing cracks. Despite a public show of solidarity, in private the two men are at odds over the management of economic and social policies, and Ayrault’s future appears increasingly uncertain. Lénaïg Bredoux traces how the two men have begun drifting apart and hears the views from insiders close to both, one of whom insists: “François Hollande fired Ayrault in December, but no-one knows.”