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  • French farmers block Lyon as Hollande bids to ease crisis
    French farmers block Lyon as Hollande bids to ease crisis Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Farmers use trucks to block a road in Clermont-Ferrand, France on July 23, 2015, during a demonstration against the market prices of their products More »

  • Farmers blockade Lyon as Hollande bids to ease crisis
    Farmers blockade Lyon as Hollande bids to ease crisis Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Farmers use trucks to block a road in Clermont-Ferrand, France on July 23, 2015, during a demonstration against the market prices of their products More »

  • Farmers block France's second city as Hollande bids to ease crisis
    Farmers block France's second city as Hollande bids to ease crisis Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    French farmers block the A6 motorway with tractors and farm trailers at the northern entrance to Lyon, on July 23, 2015 More »

  • France's Hollande: Emissions targets not good enough yet
    France's Hollande: Emissions targets not good enough yet Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    The latest developments at the Vatican's meeting of mayors on fighting climate change and human trafficking. All times local. ___ 1:30 p.m. French president Francois Hollande is calling for an ambitious ... More »

  • Francois Hollande Calls For Eurozone Government
    Francois Hollande Calls For Eurozone Government Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande has called for the creation of a eurozone government and for people to renew their faith in the European project. His comments, in an opinion piece in a French newspaper, revive an idea originally put forward by another Frenchman, former European Commission chief Jacques Delors. Writing in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, Mr Hollande proposed "a government of the eurozone (with) a specific budget as well as a parliament to ensure its democratic control". More »

  • Hollande calls for the creation of a euro zone government
    Hollande calls for the creation of a euro zone government Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande called on Sunday for the creation of a euro zone government and for citizens to renew their faith in the European project, which has been weakened by the Greek crisis. Reviving an idea originally put forward by former European Commission chief Jacques Delors, Hollande proposed "a government of the euro zone (with) a specific budget as well as a parliament to ensure its democratic control". The French president said the 19 member states of the euro zone had chosen to join the monetary union because it was in their interests and no one had "taken the responsibility of getting out of it". More »

  • Hollande calls for stronger eurozone led by "vanguard" nations
    Hollande calls for stronger eurozone led by "vanguard" nations Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    France wants a stronger, more harmonised eurozone led by "a vanguard of countries", French President Francois Hollande, pictured on July 15, 2015 said in an interview More »

  • France willing to strengthen euro governance: Hollande
    France willing to strengthen euro governance: Hollande Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    France favours a "stronger organisation" behind the euro led by "a vanguard of countries", French President Francois Hollande said in an interview More »

  • Hollande leads tributes to 'great hope' Bianchi
    Hollande leads tributes to 'great hope' Bianchi Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande and Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton led the flood of tributes Saturday to Jules Bianchi, the Formula One driver who has died nine months after a horror crash at the Japanese Grand Prix. More »

  • France prevented "terrorist acts," says Hollande
    France prevented "terrorist acts," says Hollande Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    France thwarted "terrorist attacks" this week, French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday. More »

  • Hollande calls on Iran to help in Syrian conflict Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande has called on Iran for help in the Syrian conflict during a Bastille Day speech in which he praised a landmark Iranian nuclear agreement. More »

  • France's Hollande calls for euro zone parliament
    France's Hollande calls for euro zone parliament Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    President Francois Hollande used his Bastille Day message to the French on Tuesday to call for a strengthening of the 19-nation euro zone in the wake of the Greece crisis, with long-term reforms such as the creation of the bloc's own elected assembly. Hollande defended France's role as a mediator in Monday's accord between Athens and its creditors, rejecting the idea that its tough terms had humiliated Greece. "In the long run, I would also like for there to be a parliament for the euro zone," he said of a list of proposals that included closer harmonisation of fiscal and social policies in the bloc and its own budget to help pro-growth investment. More »

  • France's Hollande says Greece not humiliated by bailout deal
    France's Hollande says Greece not humiliated by bailout deal Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande answers questions during an annual television interview on Bastille Day at the Elysee Palace in Paris on July 14, 2015 More »

  • France's Hollande urges Iran to help end Syria conflict Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday major powers had to be vigilant about how Iran used any financial resources it gained from sanctions relief after a nuclear deal and urged Tehran to help find a solution to the Syrian crisis. "Now that Iran has a greater financial capacity, we need to be extremely vigilant on what Iran will be," Hollande said. "Iran must show that it is ready to help us end the conflict," he added. More »

  • The Latest: Hollande says Greek deal important for Europe
    The Latest: Hollande says Greek deal important for Europe Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    The latest from Greece's financial crisis (all times local): ___ 10:55 a.m. French President Francois Hollande has hailed the agreement reached by eurozone leaders on Greece after marathon talks as a good ... More »

  • Greek 'compromise' proposed after Tsipras, Hollande and Merkel talks
    Greek 'compromise' proposed after Tsipras, Hollande and Merkel talks Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos (R) speaks with Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde during a meeting of the Eurogroup finance ministers in Brussels on ... More »

  • Tsipras, Hollande, Merkel and Tusk propose Greece 'compromise': source
    Tsipras, Hollande, Merkel and Tusk propose Greece 'compromise': source Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    The leaders of Greece, Germany, France and the EU reached a "compromise" on a bailout deal for Athens at late-night talks on Monday which will now be put to the rest of the eurozone, a European source told AFP. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and EU president Donald Tusk hammered out the proposal on the sidelines of an emergency summit of the 19 countries that use the euro, the source said. Tusk's spokesman Preben Aamann said separately on Twitter (Xetra: A1W6XZ - news) that the EU leader had reconvened the full summit "with (a) compromise proposal", but gave no further details. More »

  • The Latest: Tsipras huddles with Hollande and Merkel
    The Latest: Tsipras huddles with Hollande and Merkel Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    The latest from Greece's financial crisis (all times local): ___ 6:50 p.m. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was meeting with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during ... More »

  • Greece's Tsipras to meet Merkel, Hollande, Tusk on summit sidelines Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and European Council President Donald Tusk on the sidelines of a summit of euro zone leaders in Brussels, a Greek government official said on Sunday. Greece is racing to convince its international creditors that it will deliver tough reforms- which include tax hikes, pension cuts and privatisations- in order to secure a cash-for-reforms deal and remain in the euro zone. (Reporting by Renee Maltezou, writing by Costas Pitas) More »

  • The Latest: Hollande says to do all he can to avoid Grexit
    The Latest: Hollande says to do all he can to avoid Grexit Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    The latest from Greece's financial crisis (all times local): ___ 3:25 p.m. French President Francois Hollande said he's going to do everything that he can to keep Greece in the euro. Arriving for an emergency ... More »

  • Merkel, Hollande urge Ukraine leader to give rebels self-rule
    Merkel, Hollande urge Ukraine leader to give rebels self-rule Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    German Chancellor Angel Merkel and French President Francois Hollande took the rare step Friday of pressing Ukraine's Western-backed leader to ensure partial self-rule for the pro-Russian separatist east. More »

  • France's Hollande hails Greek proposals, urges deal Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    By Julien Ponthus PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said the latest proposals for reforms by the Greek government were "serious and credible", and said talks between Greece and international creditors must now resume with the aim of reaching a deal. Hollande added that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' decision to put the proposed reforms to the Greek parliament showed "strength, commitment and indeed courage". "The Greeks have just shown their determination to remain in the euro zone, since the programme they are putting forward is serious and credible," Hollande told reporters on Friday. More »

  • The Latest: Hollande says Greek proposals are 'serious'
    The Latest: Hollande says Greek proposals are 'serious' Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    The latest from Greece's financial crisis (all times local): ___ 12:05 p.m. French President Francois Hollande says the Greek proposals are "serious and credible" but stressed that nothing is ... More »

  • Greek proposals 'serious and credible': Hollande
    Greek proposals 'serious and credible': Hollande Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Francois Hollande welcomes the latest proposals from Athens on a fresh bailout plan as "serious and credible" More »

  • Greece will be encouraged to deliver precise plan - France's Hollande Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Greece's government will be encouraged to deliver a "precise plan" for its finances in order to inspire confidence among its euro zone currency partners, French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday. Hollande's intervention came hours after an impassioned speech in France's parliament from Hollande's prime minister, Manuel Valls, in which Valls said France would fight hard to avoid Greece's departure from the single currency. "Time is short, but France will ensure that Greece is encouraged to produce as precise a plan as possible to inspire trust, that trust that is indispensable if the Eurogroup (of euro zone finance ministers) is going to be able to give its position," Hollande told reporters. More »

  • The Latest: Hollande: Greece has to make 'serious proposals'
    The Latest: Hollande: Greece has to make 'serious proposals' Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    The latest on the Greek financial crisis (all times Brussels local): ___ 11:55 p.m. French President Francois Hollande says Greece still needs to make "credible and serious proposals" that prove ... More »

  • ECB will guarantee minimum liquidity for Greece until Sunday - Hollande Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday the European Central Bank would ensure minimum liquidity for Greece until Sunday, which is the last deadline to reach agreement on a new rescue package for Greece. Speaking after an emergency meeting of euro zone leaders in Brussels, Hollande said a deal was still possible even if time was running short: "The ECB will ensure minimum liquidity for Greece until Sunday," Hollande told a news conference. (Reporting by Julia Fioretti; Editing by Alastair Macdonald) More »

  • Merkel, Hollande, Tsipras and Juncker meet before summit
    Merkel, Hollande, Tsipras and Juncker meet before summit Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (left) is welcomed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of crisis talks at the European Commission in Brussels, on June 24, 2015 More »

  • Merkel, Hollande, Tsipras and Juncker to meet before summit: sources
    Merkel, Hollande, Tsipras and Juncker to meet before summit: sources Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (left) is welcomed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of crisis talks at the European Commission in Brussels, on June 24, 2015 More »

  • France's Hollande says immediate aid is available for Greece Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    France's President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday immediate aid is available for Greece but Athens must make serious and credible reform proposals. It's up to Europe to show solidarity by giving them a medium-term outlook, with immediate aid," Hollande said on arrival at an emergency meeting of euro zone leaders in Brussels. More »

  • Greece's Tsipras to meet Merkel, Hollande before summit - official Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande before an emergency summit of euro zone leaders on Tuesday, a Greek government official said. The official gave no further details. The euro zone summit is due to begin at 1600 GMT in Brussels (Reporting by Renee Maltezou; Writing by Matt Robinson) More »

  • 'Door open to discussions' on Greece: Hollande, Merkel
    'Door open to discussions' on Greece: Hollande, Merkel Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande (R) speaks during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) at the Elysee Palace on June 6, 2015, in Paris More »

  • Hollande, Merkel say 'door open for discussions' with Greece
    Hollande, Merkel say 'door open for discussions' with Greece Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande (R) speaks during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) at the Elysee Palace on June 6, 2015, in Paris More »

  • Merkel, Hollande say they respect Greek vote and door remains open for nego … Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Merkel, Hollande say they respect Greek vote and door remains open for negotiations. More »

  • The Latest: Merkel in Paris for meeting with Hollande
    The Latest: Merkel in Paris for meeting with Hollande Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The latest on the fallout from the Greek referendum (all times local): __ 7:20 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived at the Elysee Palace for talks with French President Francois Hollande about ... More »