François Hollande

François Hollande promises to curb foreign workers

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Presidential election favourite says he will control the number of foreigners allowed to work in France in a time of economic crisis.

Hollande 'dangerous' for Europe and France: Economist

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Francois Hollande's election to the French presidency will be bad for his country and Europe, says Britain's influential weekly The Economist.

'Removing the word race won't end racism'

France — Interview

In a bid to help stamp out racism, Socialist Party presidential candidate François Hollande wants to make a small but significant amendment to article 1 of the French Constitution – the removal of the word “race”. But would that make any difference? Academic and human rights campaigner Danièle Lochak thinks not, dismissing the idea as merely “for show”. Here, in an interview with Mediapart's Carine Fouteau, she explains her reasoning.

French May Day labor fest sparks election battle

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 Francois Hollande accuses President Nicolas Sarkozy of trying to hijack a centuries-old May Day celebration of labor rights for political end.

British-based French voters preferred Nicolas Sarkozy

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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

France — Analysis

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

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

French elections in images: Hollande ends first-round campaign in Mitterrand's steps

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American Paris-based photographer Thomas Haley is following the French presidential election campaign with a series of reportages published on Mediapart. On Friday he joined Socialist Party candidate François Hollande as his caravan swept east to the Ardennes on his last day of campaigning before the crucial first round on Sunday.

'Nature' quizzes Sarkozy and Hollande about plans for science

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Nature magazine asks the leading French presidential election candidates, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande, about their plans for science.

Chirac 'will vote for Hollande' says former president's aide

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Former French conservative president Jacques Chirac will reportedly vote for socialist candidate François Hollande in the presidential elections.

French elections in images: hoarse Hollande targets first round turnout

France — Report

Photographer Patrick Artinian is following the French presidential election campaign trail for Mediapart, with a series of photo and video reportages of the candidates, their supporters, meetings and the milestone events. This weekend, in the Paris suburb of Vincennes, he mingled with supporters of Socialist Party candidate François Hollande as he held his final major meeting before polling begins in the first of the two-round elections on Sunday April 22nd, just as Nicolas Sarkozy held his own rally in central Paris. It was a crucial media clash between the two main rivals, both eager to display their capability of mobilising supporters en masse. While Sarkozy’s so-called “silent majority” jumped and clapped in blue, white and red at the Place de la Concorde, a demonstrably more black and white crowd, what Hollande calls his “popular majority”, cheered and danced to Caribbean music before the Château de Vincennes.

Hollande seeks to reassure on his credibility with markets

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Socialist pesidential candidate François Hollande insists that France won't suffer financial market opposition if he is elected next month.

French elections in images: Hollande rides to the deprived suburbs to rally abstentionists

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Photographer Patrick Artinian is following the French presidential election campaign trail for Mediapart, with a series of photo and video reportages of the candidates, their supporters, meetings and the milestone events. Here he follows Socialist Party candidate François Hollande on a day-long tour of socially-deprived suburban areas, or banlieues, close to Paris, the scenes of major riots seven years ago, where the turnout for elections is traditionally low. The often disenfranchised population of these neighbourhoods, composed of a comparatively high proportion of North and West African immigrant families, and first- or second-generation French, suffer from an unemployment rate often above twice the national average. At one meeting he exhorted a cheering crowd: “Don’t let others decide in your place, come and vote.” Referring to the stigmatization of ethnic and religious groups during the campaign by both the mainstream Right and Far Right, he said: “When I see you, when I look at you, I don’t guess at your religion by your face. I will not let France’s children be humiliated.”

A Hollande victory unlikely to change French economic course

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Socialist candidate François Holland has attacked bankers and the rich, but his policies in office would be shaped by conservative advisers.

Support for Hollande will crumble, predicts Sarkozy's oracle

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Nicolas Sarkozy's strategy guru Patrick Buisson predicts socialist presidential election rival Hollande will fare worse than Ségolène Royal in 2007.