François Hollande

President Hollande tries to restore his authority after political earthquake of Cahuzac confession

France

In a brief pre-recorded television appearance President François Hollande sought to regain the political initiative after the damaging and hugely embarrassing admission by his former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac that he did have a secret Swiss bank account. However, two of the three policy proposals unveiled by the president to prevent further scandals had already been announced and the third may face constitutional obstacles. Meanwhile the opposition says the president failed to answer key questions about his own role in the Cahuzac affair, as pressure also mounted on another key government figure, finance minister Pierre Moscovici.

How much did he know? Now President Hollande faces questions over Cahuzac affair

France

President François Hollande has condemned the former budget minister’s 'unforgivable fault' after the latter's confession about having an undisclosed Swiss bank account. But now questions are being raised about the French head of state's own handling of the affair. Did the president fail to act despite reportedly being given information months ago which suggested that Jérôme Cahuzac was lying?

Hollande optimistic of turnaround despite 'worse than expected' crisis

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The French president, in a lengthy prime-time television interview Thursday evening, vowed to create growth but forecast continuing jobless rise.

France: a government in disarray

France — Analysis

The Socialist Party candidate was eliminated in the first round of a parliamentary by-election, the president is at historic lows in the opinion polls and government is weak. At the same time President Hollande is confusing his message and his priorities. All this adds up, says Mediapart editor François Bonnet, to a looming major crisis between the government and its voters on the Left.

France's Hollande approval rating below Le Pen's - poll

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President Francois Hollande's popularity falls to the lowest level since he was elected, taking his rating below that of far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Is François Hollande the ‘penguin’ in Carla Bruni's new song?

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Lyrics of new song by France’s former first lady, about a “penguin” who “takes on the airs of a king,” are widely seen as a swipe at French President.

Making the French state 'exemplary': President Hollande's modest first steps

Institutions — Analysis

When he was a candidate for the presidency, François Hollande promised to create a French system of government that would be beyond reproach. Earlier this week the president took his first steps to achieve that with the announcement of four laws to change the French Constitution. Yet there has been as much attention on the measures left out of the reforms as on what has been included. For example, there is no end to the president's immunity from prosecution while in office. Lénaïg Bredoux and Michel Deléan explain that the president has only backed those laws he is sure will get passed.

France to miss deficit target, President Hollande says

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The country's deficit will "without a doubt" be 3.7% of its output this year, he said, above the 3% he promised to cut it to during the election last year.

Hollande urges Putin on Syria peace negotiations

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Syria and human rights were on the agenda of talks in Moscow between the French and Russian presidents which lasted two hours over schedule.

Employment pledge becomes Achilles' heel for Hollande

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As jobless figures rose in January to a 15-year high, French president is running into increasing flack for failing his promise to spur job creation.

Kerry and Hollande hold talks in Paris

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Syria and Iran led the agenda in first official talks between new US Secretary of State John Kerry and French President François Hollande.

Coming soon...President Hollande's economic U-turn

France — Analysis

François Hollande has acknowledged economic reality by accepting that France can no longer meet its goal of cutting its budget deficit to 3% of GDP this year. In doing so he is abandoning one of his key campaign pledges, and he is now preparing to bring his economic policy squarely into line with that of most other European countries, which inevitably raises the spectre of the infamous 'structural reforms'. Are their parallels with President Mitterrand's notorious economic U-turn in 1983? Martine Orange reports.

France's military operation in Mali in 'final phase'

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French President Francois Hollande has said his country's forces are engaged in the "final phase" of the fight against militants in northern Mali.

Debt crisis: France puts brakes on austerity

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France will not introduce any further austerity measures this year but instead focus on spending cuts in 2014 to bring its deficit down to 3pc of GDP.

France facing up to minimal economic growth this year

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President Hollande conceded France will miss its 0.8 percent 2013 target, after foreign minister said growth could be less than half that level.