François Hollande

War graves desecrated as leaders of France and Germany urge closer European union

International — Link

Desecration of graves of Germans killed in World War I and buried in a French cemetery clouds historic meeting.

François Hollande’s fiscal puzzle

France — Link

The new Socialist government in France tackles its budget deficit - but with more taxes than spending cuts.

The cautious couple – Hollande and Ayrault's sober style of government

France — Analysis

On Tuesday the new prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault outlined to the French Parliament the government’s legislative programme for the rest of the year. In addition to specific policies, the speech also highlighted the very different style of government France can expect under Ayrault and new president François Hollande. And, argues Stéphane Alliès, Ayrault has shown that politically he is not just a close colleague of Hollande – but a carbon copy.

France faces tougher cuts despite Hollande promises

France — Link

President Francois Hollande should make tough savings and public sector job cuts to meet a European deficit target, says the national audit office.

EU summit: How France reacted to Hollande's 'victory'

France — Link

The French press have praised President Francois Hollande for his handling of this week's EU crisis summit.

EU summit success to help Hollande pass fiscal pact

France — Link

President Francois Hollande's role leaves him well-placed to win parliamentary support for stiffer budget discipline rules he once swore to rewrite.

France to pass gay marriage, adoption law

France — Link

The new Socialist government is to legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced.

François Hollande and Angela Merkel meet in Paris with high stakes at play

International — Link

Franco-German discussions need to build 'a concrete path' for Europe, says European Commission boss José Manuel Barroso.

Suu Kyi due in Paris for historic official visit

International — Link

On the last leg of her historic European tour, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is due to meet President François Hollande.

The wealth gap in France, the need for fiscal reform, and the hypocrisy of David Cameron

International — Opinion

A study just published by the French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) reveals that the richest 20% of households in France own 71% of all household wealth. Mediapart finance and economics correspondent Laurent Mauduit argues here why that and other telling statistics from the study highlight the urgency of the new French socialist government’s fiscal reform plans, and shine a harsh light on the hypocritical attack launched against them by British PM David Cameron.

Cameron ignites new war of words with France

International — Link

UK PM David Cameron slams French President François Hollande's plans to raise taxes on the wealthy while meeting business leaders at G-20 summit.

France to call for single policy to end poverty and protect environment

International — Link

President Hollande to call for a single programme for tackling poverty and promoting sustainable development at this week's Rio+20 Earth summit.

France pushes for 120bln-euro Europe 'growth pact'

International — Link

France sends EU leaders proposals for a 120 billion-euro 'growth pact', including a financial transaction tax it wants Europe to adopt this year.

Hollande and Monti agree on need to spur growth

France — Link

President François Hollande held his first bilateral meeting with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, reaching a common approach to the debt crisis.

Hollande rocked by a tweeted battle between his first and second ladies


After what appeared to be a remarkably successful first month, the presidency of newly-elected François Hollande was this week rocked by its first crisis, and one which came from the least expected quarter. For, just days before France goes to the polls in the final round of voting in the two-round parliamentary elections in which the Left hopes to win its first majority in ten years, Valérie Trierweiler, French ‘First Lady’ but who refutes the term, embarassed the Socialist Party with a public attack via Twitter against a consituency bid by the president’s former companion Ségolène Royal. The unseemly controversy may have dented the party's chances of gaining an absolute parliamentary majority on its own in the June 17th polling, and raises further questions about the ambiguous role played by Trierweiler. Valentine Oberti and Lénaïg Bredoux report.