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  • Russian minister slams Merkel, Hollande WWII parade snub
    Russian minister slams Merkel, Hollande WWII parade snub Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Russia's Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky on Wednesday slammed French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for snubbing Moscow's World War II victory parade, saying the move was "ill-considered". More »

  • Putin calls on Hollande to mend fences amid Ukraine conflict
    Putin calls on Hollande to mend fences amid Ukraine conflict Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on French leader Francois Hollande to restore ties after a year of tensions over Ukraine as the two leaders met on the sidelines of genocide commemorations in Armenia. More »

  • 'No decision' on Mistral warships, Hollande says after Putin talks
    'No decision' on Mistral warships, Hollande says after Putin talks Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said Friday after talks with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that no decision has been reached on settling a row over the sale of two French warships. More »

  • Hollande says France to seek UN resolution to destroy migrant boats
    Hollande says France to seek UN resolution to destroy migrant boats Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said Thursday he will seek a UN resolution authorising the EU to destroy boats used by traffickers to send thousands of migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe. More »

  • France to broach Mistral deal with Putin this week - Hollande
    France to broach Mistral deal with Putin this week - Hollande Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday he would broach all aspects of a frozen deal to sell Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia when he meets Vladimir Putin later this week but that a delivery was not possible in current conditions. Hollande was speaking after a Paris meeting with Ukraine leader Petro Poroshenko. Paris suspended the Mistral sale after Europe decided to impose sanctions against Russia over the conflict in neighbouring Ukraine. (Reporting By Brian Love; Editing by Leigh Thomas) More »

  • France will pay back Russia if warships not delivered: Hollande
    France will pay back Russia if warships not delivered: Hollande Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that France will reimburse Russia if it fails to deliver two Mistral warships in a deal frozen over the Ukraine conflict. More »

  • France to expand back-to-work scheme - Hollande
    France to expand back-to-work scheme - Hollande Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    France will extend planned back-to-work bonus payments to part-time jobs and younger recipients, President Francois Hollande said on Sunday, as he battles persistently high unemployment that has tarnished his first three years in office. Speaking on Canal Plus television, Hollande said his government would widen the scope of the draft legislation to be unveiled on Tuesday with the aim of raising work incentives. In a two-hour appearance timed to mark next month's three-year anniversary of his election, the Socialist leader vowed to step up the battle against unemployment after failing to make a significant dent in France's 10 percent jobless rate. More »

  • France seeks to resolve Russian Mistral 'crisis' - Hollande
    France seeks to resolve Russian Mistral 'crisis' - Hollande Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said on Sunday he was looking for a "way out of the crisis" with Russia over the suspended delivery of Mistral helicopter carriers purchased by Moscow. Speaking on Canal Plus television, Hollande said he would discuss the halted 1.2 billion euro ($1.3 billion) contract with Russian President Vladimir Putin when the two leaders meet in Armenia on Friday. More »

  • France, Russia negotiating solution to frozen warship deal: Hollande
    France, Russia negotiating solution to frozen warship deal: Hollande Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said Sunday that negotiations with Moscow were under way to find a solution to a dispute over the sale of two Mistral warships, frozen over the Ukraine crisis. More »

  • Hollande: France still talking to Russia about warship deal
    Hollande: France still talking to Russia about warship deal Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — President Francois Hollande says France is continuing discussions with Russia about completing a mammoth weapons deal following France's decision to suspend delivery of a warship last year citing Russia's role in stoking conflict in Ukraine. More »

  • Hollande calls for more EU rescue efforts after migrant tragedy Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande called on Sunday for a meeting of EU ministers to step up rescue efforts for migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean, after as many as 700 were feared drowned off the Libyan coast overnight. "If confirmed this would be the worst disaster of recent years in the Mediterranean," Hollande said on Canal+ television. More »

  • Hollande's approval ratings climb off rock bottom - French poll
    Hollande's approval ratings climb off rock bottom - French poll Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    President Francois Hollande's approval rating has risen, but the vast majority of French voters remain unhappy with his performance, casting doubt on his re-election chances, said an opinion poll published on Saturday. The Opinionway survey in Le Figaro newspaper said 20 percent of voters approved of Hollande, five points up from the last such poll in October. Hollande's ratings fell to record lows for a French head of state last year, hitting 13 percent in one September survey. More »

  • Hollande to discuss Ukraine with Putin during visit to Armenia
    Hollande to discuss Ukraine with Putin during visit to Armenia Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande will discuss the Ukraine crisis with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a visit to Armenia on April 24, a source in his office said Friday. More »

  • Hollande says Nokia-Alcatel must increase research activities in France Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday that he gave his backing to Nokia's takeover of Alcatel-Lucent on condition that research operations in France are increased. Hollande said that he had set two conditions for his approval of the deal when he met the two companies CEOs on Tuesday with the first being guarantees that French jobs are kept safe. "The two executives made proposals and I will look at them with the government," Hollande told a news conference during an official visit to Switzerland. Research must not only be maintained in France but increased," he added. More »

  • Hollande says tax squabbles with Switzerland 'behind us'
    Hollande says tax squabbles with Switzerland 'behind us' Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande (2nd R) shakes hands with a man in Bern on April 15, 2015, during a two-day state visit to Switzerland More »

  • Hollande says Nokia must guarantee French jobs in Alcatel deal
    Hollande says Nokia must guarantee French jobs in Alcatel deal Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said he supported Finnish firm Nokia's 15.6-billion-euro bid to buy its rival Alcatel-Lucent, but only if it guarantees French jobs More »

  • Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent CEOs to meet with France's Hollande Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    PARIS (Reuters) - The chief executives of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent are set to meet French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday after the telecommunications equipment makers said they were in advanced tie-up talks, a source at the French presidency said. The government would be keen to see the creation of an industrial powerhouse but is concerned about the impact on French jobs, an Economy Ministry source said earlier. (Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; writing by Leigh Thomas; editing by Geert De Clercq) More »

  • All eyes on major jet deal as India's Modi meets Hollande
    All eyes on major jet deal as India's Modi meets Hollande Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande (left) speaks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he welcomes him to the Elysee Palace in Paris on April 10, 2015 More »

  • France's Hollande steps back in time at giant cave replica
    France's Hollande steps back in time at giant cave replica Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande on Friday stepped 36,000 years back in time into a darkened, cool cave to admire the earliest known figurative paintings of hands, bears, rhinos and panthers. More »

  • France's Hollande to declassify Rwanda genocide documents - source
    France's Hollande to declassify Rwanda genocide documents - source Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande has decided to declassify documents related to the Rwanda genocide that killed over 800,000 people more than 20 years ago, a source close to the president's office told Reuters on Tuesday. The documents from between 1990 and 1994 include minutes from secret defence meetings and files from former president Francois Mitterrand's advisers relating to the genocide, the source said. More »

  • No Rafale sale announcement before Indian PM visit to France - Hollande
    No Rafale sale announcement before Indian PM visit to France - Hollande Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said there will be no news on the sale of Rafale fighter jets to India before the arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday for a state visit to France. "There will be no announcement on the Rafale sales before the visit of Prime Minister Modi in France and I do not want the Indian premier's visit to be put in the context of a contract," Hollande told reporters in Paris. "We are working on it," Hollande added, when asked about the proposed sale of 126 Rafale jets to India. More »

  • Hollande assures Berlin France will stick to reforms
    Hollande assures Berlin France will stick to reforms Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande inspect a military honor guard on March 31, 2015 in front of the Chancellery in Berlin More »

  • Merkel and Hollande edge closer after tragedies
    Merkel and Hollande edge closer after tragedies Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - The leaders of Germany and France announced plans on Tuesday to work more closely on economic and security issues after years of strain, saying the tragedies of the Charlie Hebdo killings and air crash in the French Alps had brought them closer. Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Francois Hollande, whose relationship has sometimes been tense since the French Socialist took power in 2012, met in Berlin on Tuesday, a week after a German pilot with a history of depression steered an airliner into a mountain in southern France, killing 150 people. The disaster came two months after Islamist gunmen killed 17 people in Paris at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish shop. More »

  • France's Hollande to press ahead with reforms despite poll losses
    France's Hollande to press ahead with reforms despite poll losses Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande pledged on Tuesday to press ahead with his reform drive after his ruling Socialist Party suffered heavy losses in weekend local elections. The party and its left-wing allies lost 26 of the 61 French departments (counties) they had previously ruled to former president Nicolas Sarkozy and his conservative allies. The Socialists have seen their support crumble as Hollande and his government have failed to live up to promises to cut unemployment while tax hikes early in his term hit voters hard. Hollande's reformist Prime Minister Manuel Valls has attributed the Socialists' poor showing in the weekend elections to divisions within the left rather than voter frustration with government policy. More »

  • Hollande: All victims of Germanwings crash to be identified by end of week
    Hollande: All victims of Germanwings crash to be identified by end of week Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that all 150 victims of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps would be identified by the end of the week. "The French interior minister confirmed that by the end of the week at the latest it will be possible to identify all of the victims thanks to DNA samples," he said at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. More »

  • Simon Heffer: French public dismisses François Hollande and his doomed economic …
    Simon Heffer: French public dismisses François Hollande and his doomed economic … Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    One such battle was over the right for shops to open in France on Sundays, a right that has been granted only in the most limited form and mainly in areas designated to be those of high tourism. Unemployment is nearly twice as high in France as it is in Britain, not least because excessive regulation makes it nearly impossible to sack anyone. Meanwhile, in the event of someone losing his or her job, lavish social security benefits leave them in no hurry to find another one – but those benefits help account for the fact that around 56% of France's GDP is spent in the public sector. Only the most massive restructuring of its economy will, in the end, save France – and Hollande is manifestly not the man to do it. More »

  • Casing of second black box found but not box itself: Hollande
    Casing of second black box found but not box itself: Hollande Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday the casing for the second black box from the Germanwings Airbus crash had been found in the French Alps, but not the box itself. More »

  • Hollande pledges to shed full light on Alps plane crash Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday that authorities would find out what caused the plane crash that killed 150 passengers on Tuesday in the French Alps. Hollande also said that the envelope of a second black box had been found but that investigators were still searching for the box itself. "Dear Angela, dear Mariano, rest assured ... we will find out everything and we will shed full light on the circumstances of this catastrophe," Hollande told German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spain's Mariano Rajoy who had jointly come to pay tribute to the victims. More »

  • Hollande, Merkel arrive in Alps for crash victims homage Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived together by helicopter on Wednesday in the remote Alpine region where an Airbus plane smashed into a mountain, ahead of an international homage to the 150 victims. Spain's Mariano Rajoy joined them in the village of Seyne-les-Alpes, where French investigators have set up headquarters for search operations in the nearby ravine where the Germanwings airliner came down on Tuesday. The three leaders thanked search teams and were due to meet families of victims of the still-unexplained crash, which followed a sharp descent of the Airbus 320 carrying them from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. More »

  • The Latest: Merkel, Hollande, Rajoy arrive near crash site Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    2:25 p.m. (1325 GMT, 9:25 a.m. EDT) The leaders of Germany, France and Spain are gathering in the French Alps near the site of a German budget airlines crash to pay homage to the 150 victims. French President ... More »

  • France's Hollande says believes no survivors in plane crash Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said he believed none of the 148 people on board the Germanwings plane that crashed on Tuesday had survived. "There were 148 people on board," Hollande said. More »

  • Hollande: No survivors likely in jet crash in French Alps
    Hollande: No survivors likely in jet crash in French Alps Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande says no survivors are likely in the Alpine crash of a passenger jet carrying 148 people. The Germanwings passenger jet crashed Tuesday in the French Alps region as it ... More »

  • Hollande: No survivors in passenger jet crash in French Alps Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande says no survivors are likely in the Alpine crash of a passenger jet carrying 148 people. The Germanwings passenger jet crashed Tuesday in the French Alps region as it ... More »

  • France's Hollande says 'no time to lose' on Greece Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said Greece must propose reforms that are in line with its existing commitments to its creditors and speed up progress to implementing a deal to unlock further cash. "These reforms must be looked at, assessed ... so that they are compatible with Greece's commitments," he told a news conference after a meeting with other EU leaders and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Brussels. "We have to speed up the process. There is no time to lose." (Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; Editing by Alastair Macdonald) More »

  • Hollande vows France's 'solidarity' after Tunisia attacks
    Hollande vows France's 'solidarity' after Tunisia attacks Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday expressed his country's "solidarity" with Tunisia after at least seven foreigners and a Tunisian national were killed in a brazen day-time attack. More »