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  • France's Hollande urges Libya factions to strike political deal
    France's Hollande urges Libya factions to strike political deal Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that warring factions in Libya must strike a political deal to restore a central government, parliament and banking functions, and stop a worsening problem with human trafficking. "The first necessity here is for various factions to strike a political deal between various factions so that there can be a government, a parliament and central bank - and only one, if possible, at each level," Hollande said in a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. France and Italy have called for a United Nations Security Council meeting on the security situation in Libya. More »

  • French president Hollande vows stiffer penalties for hate speech
    French president Hollande vows stiffer penalties for hate speech Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande vowed to introduce tougher penalties for "racist, anti-Semitic or homophobic" remarks in the wake of last month's militant attacks in Paris. More »

  • Hollande urges Internet firms to help fight online hate speech
    Hollande urges Internet firms to help fight online hate speech Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    By Elizabeth Pineau PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande urged Internet companies like Google and Facebook on Monday to fight hate speech online, but his address to a Jewish group was marred by a spat between leaders of France's Jewish and Muslim communities. The row broke out after the head of the CRIF Jewish umbrella group said that young Muslims were the cause of all violent crime, prompting a leading Muslim group to boycott the Jewish group's annual dinner, at which Hollande was due to speak. "We need to say things clearly: all violence today is committed by young Muslims," Roger Cukierman told Europe 1 radio. More »

  • Hollande: French Muslims have both rights, responsibilities
    Hollande: French Muslims have both rights, responsibilities Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — President Francois Hollande says France's millions of Muslims should be protected and respected and in turn they should also respect the nation's strict secular policies. More »

  • Approval ratings of France's Hollande and Valls drop - Ifop poll
    Approval ratings of France's Hollande and Valls drop - Ifop poll Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    The approval ratings of French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls, whose Socialist government survived a no-confidence vote last week, dropped in February, an Ifop poll showed. The proportion of those surveyed for Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper who said they were satisfied with Hollande declined to 24 percent from 29 percent in January, when he was praised for his handling of the Islamist militant attacks in Paris. Pollster YouGov in November put his rating at 12 percent, the worst score for a French president in modern-day polling. Valls' approval rating declined by 7 points in February to 46 percent from 53 percent in January, according to Ifop. More »

  • Hollande, PSG players support man racially abused by fans Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande has spoken with the man who was racially abused by Chelsea supporters at a train station in Paris. More »

  • France's Hollande says there is no Greek exit scenario Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Greece belongs in the euro zone and there is no scenario envisaging its exit from the single currency union, French President Francois Hollande said after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "Greece is in the euro zone and it must remain in the euro zone," Hollande told a joint news conference with Merkel. "I know of no scenario today involving a euro zone exit." Hollande, who was talking ahead of a crunch meeting of euro zone finance ministers, said Greece must meet its commitments but its euro zone partners must also take into account the election that brought to power anti-austerity parties. More »

  • France, Germany want Ukraine ceasefire fully observed - Hollande Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    France and Germany are more convinced than ever that the Minsk agreements aimed at resolving an ongoing crisis in Ukraine should be fully implemented and a ceasefire observed, French President Francois Hollande said on Friday. "With the (German) Chancellor we have never stopped speaking since the (September 2014) Minsk agreements and we are more convinced than ever that they must be applied - all the agreements, nothing but the agreements," Hollande said in a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. More »

  • Hollande: Greece has to stay in eurozone  
    Hollande: Greece has to stay in eurozone   Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    French President François Hollande is pictured after escorting German chancellor Angela Merkel out of the Elysee palace following their meeting on February 20, 2015 More »

  • Greece must meet commitments, EU must take election in account - Hollande Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    PARIS (Reuters) - Greece must meet its commitments but its euro zone partners must also take into account the election that brought to power anti-austerity parties, French President Francois Hollande said after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Hollande, who was talking ahead of a crunch meeting of euro zone finance ministers, said a deal must be found on Greece. (Reporting by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Mark John) More »

  • Nuclear deterrent important in 'dangerous world', says Hollande
    Nuclear deterrent important in 'dangerous world', says Hollande Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    President Francois Hollande on Thursday stressed the importance of maintaining the country's nuclear deterrent in "a dangerous world", as he detailed France's atomic arsenal for the first time. More »

  • Putin, Poroshenko, Merkel, Hollande to talk on Thursday - RIA cites Kremlin Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A phone call between leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France to discuss the implementation of last week's agreements to end the Ukraine conflict will take place on Thursday, RIA news agency reported on Thursday, citing Kremlin's spokesman. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman, said the call between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, initially planned for Wednesday, did not take place due to scheduling issues. "It will take place today," RIA quoted Peskov as saying. ... More »

  • French economic reform effort must continue - Hollande
    French economic reform effort must continue - Hollande Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    President Francois Hollande told ministers on Wednesday its planned economic reforms must be pursued, a day after the government resorted to a rarely used decree procedure to head off back-bench opposition to a set of de-regulation measures. Government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said after a regular cabinet meeting that Hollande defended the use of the controversial so-called 49-3 mechanism on Tuesday so as "to move quickly, to lose no time and take no risks". More »

  • Hollande seeks to reassure French Jews after cemetery vandalism
    Hollande seeks to reassure French Jews after cemetery vandalism Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    President Francois Hollande vowed the state would protect French Jews with all its force as he led a ceremony Tuesday at a Jewish cemetery where hundreds of graves were vandalised. More »

  • Hollande: Anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim acts threaten France
    Hollande: Anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim acts threaten France Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    SARRE-UNION, France (AP) — French President Francois Hollande said during a visit Tuesday to a vandalized Jewish cemetery in eastern France that the growing number of acts against Jews and Muslims threatens the country's very foundations. More »

  • Hollande, Merkel, Poroshenko 'concerned' at ongoing Ukraine fightin …
    Hollande, Merkel, Poroshenko 'concerned' at ongoing Ukraine fightin … Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday they were "concerned" about post-ceasefire fighting in the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve, the French president's office said. More »

  • Hollande says Jews have 'place in France'
    Hollande says Jews have 'place in France' Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said on Monday that Jews were welcome in Europe and France, in an apparent retort to Israel's prime minister who urged Jews to move to Israel after attacks on a synagogue in Copenhagen. More »

  • Merkel, Hollande consult with Putin ahead of cease-fire
    Merkel, Hollande consult with Putin ahead of cease-fire Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — The German government says the German and French leaders have spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin and have stressed that a planned cease-fire in Ukraine must be adhered to fully by all involved. More »

  • Questions swirl over Hollande's relationship with actress
    Questions swirl over Hollande's relationship with actress Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    It's the million dollar question. More than a year after revelations that French President Francois Hollande had cheated on his partner with actress Julie Gayet, are the two lovebirds still together? More »

  • Conditions 'still not right' for Mistral sale to Russia: Hollande
    Conditions 'still not right' for Mistral sale to Russia: Hollande Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said Thursday the conditions were "still not right" to go ahead with the sale of two Mistral warships to Russia despite Moscow having backed a new Ukraine peace plan. More »

  • Hollande says more sanctions on agenda if Ukraine deal not respected Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday more EU sanctions on Russia would be on the cards if the Ukraine ceasefire deal just brokered by France and Germany was not respected. If the ceasefire is fully respected however, sanctions would progressively be lifted, he said. He added that conditions were not yet met for France to hand over the Mistral warships Moscow has ordered to Russia. If the Minsk deal is not respected "we would get back into the procedure that you know ... where sanctions would be added to the sanctions that are already in place. ... More »

  • France's Hollande says Egypt to buy Rafale fighters, frigate
    France's Hollande says Egypt to buy Rafale fighters, frigate Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    By Julien Ponthus and John Irish BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said Egypt would order 24 Rafale fighter jets, a naval frigate and related military equipment in a deal to be signed in Cairo on Monday worth more than 5 billion euros (3.7 billion pounds). The contract would make Egypt, aiming to upgrade its military hardware amid fears the crisis in neighbouring Libya could spill over, the first export customer for the warplane, built by Dassault Aviation. It follows years of failed attempts by France to export the plane. "The Rafale fighter jet has won its first export contract," Hollande's office said in a statement. More »

  • France's Hollande says Egypt to order 24 Rafale jets and frigate Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande said on Thursday Egypt would order 24 Rafale fighter jets, a warship and related military equipment from France, after years of failed attempts to export the plane. "The Egyptian authorities have just let me know their intention of acquiring 24 Rafale planes, a multi-mission frigate as well as related equipment," Hollande said in a statement, adding that the accord would be signed by Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Cairo on Monday. (Reporting by Julien Ponthus; Writing by Nicholas Vinocur; Editing by Andrew Roche) More »

  • France's Hollande says coming hours decisive for Ukraine Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that the deal agreed in Minsk by Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine aimed at ending the conflict in Ukraine was not a guarantee of long-term success. "The agreement doesn't guarantee that there will be lasting success in the coming days, that supposes that we will continue to be vigilant and apply pressure and pursue the action that has been taken thanks to the initiative launched by the chancellor (Angela Merkel) and myself," Hollande told reporters in Brussels as he arrived for a European summit. More »

  • France's Hollande says he and Merkel will help 'verify' the course … Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — France's Hollande says he and Merkel will help 'verify' the course of Ukraine peace process. More »

  • Hollande hails real chance to ameliorate situation in Ukraine Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    MINSK (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday there was still much work to be done on the Ukraine crisis, but an agreement in Minsk was a real chance to ameliorate the situation. (Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Jason Bush) More »

  • Merkel, Hollande may not come on time for EU summit - source Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    MINSK (Reuters) - A member of the French delegation at talks in Minsk over the Ukraine crisis said it would be difficult for German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande to get to Brussels on time for a European Union summit on Thursday. The Ukraine conflict is among the subjects to be discussed at the summit, the source said. (Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; Writing by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Alexander Winning) More »

  • Ukraine: Hollande determined for peace talks to succeed
    Ukraine: Hollande determined for peace talks to succeed Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — French president Francois Hollande said he is determined for Ukraine peace talks to succeed, but without any certainty, ahead of a planned meeting Wednesday in Minsk between the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France. More »

  • Hollande, Valls approval ratings drop - poll
    Hollande, Valls approval ratings drop - poll Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls have seen their approval ratings tumble this month, partly reversing the gains won in the aftermath of the Islamist attacks in Paris four weeks ago, a poll showed. Hollande's rating dropped 8 points to 30 percent and Valls' popularity declined 7 points to 52 percent, according to the Ipsos-Le Point survey of 963 people carried out on Friday and Saturday. Since the attacks on the Paris offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo and customers at a Jewish grocery, Hollande's poll ratings - pushed to a historic low of 13 percent by stubbornly low unemployment and by a struggling economy - had doubled. More »

  • French by-election tests Hollande's post-attacks popularity surge
    French by-election tests Hollande's post-attacks popularity surge Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande's newfound popularity after the Paris attacks faced its first major test Sunday as a member of his ruling Socialist party battled against a far-right National Front candidate in a tense by-election. More »

  • Ukraine peace bid 'one of last chances' to avoid war: Hollande
    Ukraine peace bid 'one of last chances' to avoid war: Hollande Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande on Saturday said a current Franco-German bid to end the Ukraine conflict was "one of the last chances" of avoiding "war" in the ex-Soviet nation. More »

  • France's Hollande says Ukraine effort "one of last chances" for … Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday a Franco-German peace initiative was a last-ditch effort to end fighting in Ukraine. "I think this is one of the last chances, that's why we took this initiative," Hollande said, speaking of talks held in conjunction with German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Russia's Vladimir Putin. "If we don't manage to find not just a compromise but a lasting peace agreement, we know perfectly well what the scenario will be. It has a name, it's called war," Hollande told reporters in the city of Tulle in central France. More »

  • Merkel and Hollande discuss Ukraine crisis with Putin
    Merkel and Hollande discuss Ukraine crisis with Putin Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    Russia and Germany vow to work on possible joint document on restoring Minsk deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine. More »

  • Putin's spokesman says talks with Merkel and Hollande on Ukraine over, no … Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Putin's spokesman says talks with Merkel and Hollande on Ukraine over, no results announced. More »

  • Putin hosts Merkel, Hollande for crunch Ukraine peace talks
    Putin hosts Merkel, Hollande for crunch Ukraine peace talks Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's Francois Hollande met Vladimir Putin on Friday in a desperate bid to prevent a further escalation of violence in Ukraine but hopes of a breakthrough were slim. More »