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  • Accidental shot fired by Hollande's bodyguard raises security doubts - Le … Tue, May 26, 2015

    New questions surfaced about the personal security of French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday as Le Monde daily reported an incident in which a bodyguard accidentally fired a bullet in the Elysee Palace. France has long been watchful for militant attacks and January's killings by Islamist gunmen at a satirical weekly and Jewish foodstore has set the country even more on alert. Concerns over Hollande's own security were raised in 2014 after he was photographed making clandestine visits to a mistress on a scooter. More »

  • Party vote gives France's Hollande boost, fends off rebels' challen …
    Party vote gives France's Hollande boost, fends off rebels' challen … Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Ingrid Melander and Emmanuel Jarry PARIS (Reuters) - Socialist party members backed French President Francois Hollande's policies in an internal party vote, boosting his chances of standing unopposed for a re-election ticket in 2017 despite months of tension over the government's economic line. With a large part of the vote counted, a broad-brush policy statement put forward by Hollande loyalists for the party's annual congress won more than 60 percent of the vote, a party official told Reuters on Friday. Back-benchers who have strongly contested Hollande's pro-business switch over the past months in parliament and in the media had been hoping for a narrower win, which would have allowed them to influence the government's policies. More »

  • Hollande calls for new push on Syria political settlement after Palmyra Fri, May 22, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande called for a new international push for a peace deal in Syria on Friday, saying the fall of Palmyra to Islamic State showed President Bashar al-Assad was gravely weakened. "Once again we call for the preparation of a new Geneva," he said after an EU summit in Riga, referring to earlier conferences aimed at brokering a transition from Assad to Western-back rebels who have also lost ground to Islamic State. "With a regime that is clearly weakened, and with a Bashar al-Assad who cannot be the future of Syria, we must build a new Syria which can be rid, naturally, of the regime and Bashar al-Assad but also, above all, of the terrorists. More »

  • Hollande says Russia, rebels must be pressured to respect ceasefire
    Hollande says Russia, rebels must be pressured to respect ceasefire Fri, May 22, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said on Friday that pressure needed to be applied on Russia and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine to respect a ceasefire he helped broker in February. "What is clear is that the ceasefire is not entirely respected," Hollande told reporters during an Eastern Partnership summit in Riga. "And that is why we must act and continue to put pressure and particularly on the east of Ukraine and on Russia so that they fully respect the Minsk accord," he said. More »

  • Cameron to hold EU reform talks with Merkel, Hollande next week
    Cameron to hold EU reform talks with Merkel, Hollande next week Fri, May 22, 2015

    British Prime Minister David Cameron will go to Berlin and Paris late next week for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on European Union reform, a British official said on Friday. Newly re-elected Cameron will use a summit in the Latvian capital between the EU and six former Soviet republics on Friday to sound out other EU leaders on his demands for changes before a British referendum on EU membership that he has promised before the end of 2017. Cameron has not arranged formal meetings with Merkel and Hollande, among the EU's most influential leaders, in Riga but he will probably have a chance to speak to them on the sidelines of the meeting, the British official said. More »

  • Merkel, Hollande urge Tsipras to complete current bailout
    Merkel, Hollande urge Tsipras to complete current bailout Fri, May 22, 2015

    By Renee Maltezou, Andreas Rinke and Alastair Macdonald RIGA (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held talks on Athens' debt crisis with the German and French leaders but won little more in public than a reminder he needs to do more to secure funds urgently needed to avert bankruptcy. A Greek official, who shared the views of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande that the meeting had been "friendly and constructive", later told reporters that they had offered Tsipras their personal help in speeding up progress toward a long-term settlement of the debt crisis. More »

  • Merkel, Tsipras, Hollande focussed on Greece completing current bailout Thu, May 21, 2015

    RIGA (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande held "friendly and constructive" talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that focussed on Athens' completing its current bailout, a German government spokesman said on Friday. The three, who met for two hours late at night during an EU summit in Riga, agreed that Athens should continue its talks with its creditor institutions, while the three leaders also agreed to keep in close contact with each other. (Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Alastair Macdonald; Editing by Adrian Croft) More »

  • Merkel, Hollande and Tsipras meet in Riga to give push to debt talks
    Merkel, Hollande and Tsipras meet in Riga to give push to debt talks Thu, May 21, 2015

    By Renee Maltezou and Andreas Rinke RIGA (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande held talks late on Thursday with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, hoping to speed the resolution of Athens' debt crisis on the sidelines of an EU summit in Riga. Since its election, Tsipras's left-wing government has held four months of talks with the EU and International Monetary Fund, seeking a deal that could release up to 7.2 billion euros (5.1 billion pounds) in funds, but talks have stumbled over pension, labour reform, fiscal targets and increases in value-added tax. "We are not going to negotiate the Greek question in Riga but it's true that this allows us to prepare for the upcoming deadline, notably the Eurogroup meeting at the end of the month or at the start of June," Hollande told reporters on arrival. More »

  • Merkel, Hollande and Tsipras talk about Greek bailout woes
    Merkel, Hollande and Tsipras talk about Greek bailout woes Thu, May 21, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said he will huddle with his German and Greek counterparts Thursday to pave the way for a special eurozone meeting of finance ministers late this month or early June ... More »

  • Merkel, Hollande to meet Greek PM in Riga
    Merkel, Hollande to meet Greek PM in Riga Thu, May 21, 2015

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives for an informal dinner at the start of the fourth EU eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, on May 21, 2015 More »

  • Time short for global climate deal in Paris, warns Hollande
    Time short for global climate deal in Paris, warns Hollande Wed, May 20, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande warned Wednesday that time was short for a year-end deal on climate change and called on world leaders to unlock the complex process in the months ahead. More »

  • Merkel and Hollande urge speedy Greece deal
    Merkel and Hollande urge speedy Greece deal Tue, May 19, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel give a joint press conference after their meeting at the Chancellery on May 19, 2015 in Berlin More »

  • Hollande vows to push on with reform despite French teacher strike
    Hollande vows to push on with reform despite French teacher strike Tue, May 19, 2015

    By Ingrid Melander and Jessica Chen PARIS (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of teachers went on strike across France on Tuesday to protest against measures aimed at revamping the country's creaking school system, but the government pledged to stick by its reform plan. Billed as countering elitism and ensuring fairer use of teaching resources, the reform has faced criticism from trade unions, the conservative opposition, sections of the left and even Germany, which fears German-language teaching will suffer. France's 840,000 teachers have long been a bastion of support for the Socialists and many voted for President Francois Hollande in the 2012 presidential election. More »

  • Merkel, Hollande: Greek bailout deal needed by end of May
    Merkel, Hollande: Greek bailout deal needed by end of May Tue, May 19, 2015

    The leaders of Germany and France say that talks on Greece's bailout need to accelerate and should produce an agreement by the end of May to keep the country from default on its debts. German Chancellor ... More »

  • Hollande rejects EU migrant quotas but backs better distribution
    Hollande rejects EU migrant quotas but backs better distribution Tue, May 19, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that quotas for migrants in Europe were "out of the question" but said he supported a better distribution of refugees between EU countries. More »

  • Merkel, Hollande push for 'ambitious' climate deal
    Merkel, Hollande push for 'ambitious' climate deal Tue, May 19, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande jointly pledged Tuesday to do their utmost to ensure an "ambitious" UN deal to combat climate change is reached this year. More »

  • Merkel, Hollande commit to global climate protection
    Merkel, Hollande commit to global climate protection Tue, May 19, 2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande confirmed their commitment to fighting global warning Tuesday, gathering with others in Berlin to prepare for this year's U.N. Climate ... More »

  • Hollande denounces 'unacceptable' violations of Ukraine ceasefire
    Hollande denounces 'unacceptable' violations of Ukraine ceasefire Thu, May 14, 2015

    France's President Francois Hollande on Thursday denounced as "unacceptable" ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine, after speaking briefly with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Germany. More »

  • Reparations issue clouds Hollande's Haiti trip
    Reparations issue clouds Hollande's Haiti trip Wed, May 13, 2015

    French president speaks only of moral debt and not financial compensation during visit to impoverished former colony. More »

  • Hollande promises to pay 'moral debt' to former colony Haiti
    Hollande promises to pay 'moral debt' to former colony Haiti Tue, May 12, 2015

    By Peter Granitz PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande pledged to pay back a "moral debt" to Haiti during a visit on Tuesday to the impoverished Caribbean nation founded by former French slaves who declared independence in 1804. His visit marked the first official visit by a French president to the hemisphere's poorest country, a former colonial jewel still bitter over a debt France forced Haiti to pay in 1825 for property lost in the slave rebellion. "We cannot change the past, but we can change the future," Hollande said, speaking at an event with Haitian president Michel Martelly on Port au Prince's Champ de Mars, in the city centre near the presidential palace that was destroyed by a 2010 earthquake. "There is a moral debt that exists," said Hollande, dodging the thorny issue of reparations which some in Haiti have demanded. More »

  • Hollande in Haiti to promise help from resented France
    Hollande in Haiti to promise help from resented France Tue, May 12, 2015

    President Francois Hollande arrived in Haiti on Tuesday to boost France's role in what was once its richest Caribbean possession but is now a desperately poor nation with a bitter colonial legacy. More »

  • As Cuba opens, Hollande seeks greater French role
    As Cuba opens, Hollande seeks greater French role Mon, May 11, 2015

    By Elizabeth Pineau HAVANA (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande on Monday urged an end to the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba and envisioned a larger French role in Cuba's engagement with the West during the first visit by a French head of state to Cuba. Cuba is in foreign policy talks with both the European Union and the United States amid intense world interest in Cuba following detente with Washington in December. Hollande, travelling with a host of French business executives, is the first serving Western European leader to visit Cuba since Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez came in 1986, and he said he expected others to soon follow his example. More »

  • France's Hollande to meet Fidel Castro in Cuba visit: office
    France's Hollande to meet Fidel Castro in Cuba visit: office Mon, May 11, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande will meet Cuba's Fidel Castro Monday during his historic visit to the island, the first by a Western leader since Washington and Havana moved to restore ties. More »

  • Hollande becomes first French president to visit Cuba
    Hollande becomes first French president to visit Cuba Mon, May 11, 2015

    Francois Hollande has become the first French president to visit Cuba, using a one-day trip to build business and diplomatic relations five months after a detente between Havana and Washington. Hollande ... More »

  • France's Hollande arrives in Cuba on historic visit
    France's Hollande arrives in Cuba on historic visit Mon, May 11, 2015

    Francois Hollande arrived in Havana Sunday, the first French president to visit Cuba in more than a century, cementing Paris's lead in the EU rapprochement with the communist island. More »

  • France's Hollande invites re-elected Cameron for EU talks Fri, May 8, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande has congratulated Britain's David Cameron on his election victory and invited the prime minister to Paris to discuss international matters and the European Union. Cameron, who disclosed the contact on his Downing Street twitter feed, has said he would hold an in/out referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union by the end of 2017 if re-elected for a second term. Having won an outright majority to govern alone, Cameron told voters on Friday he would now push ahead with his plans for the vote. More »

  • France's Hollande in Saudi calls for death penalty ban
    France's Hollande in Saudi calls for death penalty ban Tue, May 5, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande called on Tuesday for abolition of the death penalty, speaking in Saudi Arabia which this year has seen a large rise in the number of executions. More »

  • France, Qatar sign Rafale deal, Hollande hails Gulf ties Mon, May 4, 2015

    By John Irish DOHA (Reuters) - France and Qatar signed a 6.3 billion euro (£4.6 billion) deal on Monday for the sale of 24 Rafale fighter jets, an accord President Francois Hollande hailed as a mark of Gulf Arab regard for French regional strategy including its firm line on Iran. The contract - the third this year for Dassault AVMD.PA after deals to sell Rafale jets to Egypt and India - also includes MBDA missiles, and the training of 36 Qatari pilots and 100 technicians by the French military. Officials said the accord signed by Hollande and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani also provided for the training of a number of Qatari intelligence officers. "It's a good choice," said Hollande, who was due to go on later to Saudi Arabia, where he is to attend a summit on Tuesday of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh. More »

  • Hollande says may be option for further Rafale sales to Qatar Mon, May 4, 2015

    DOHA (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said after signing a deal on Monday for the sale of 24 Rafale jet fighters to Qatar there could be options for further sales of the Dassault Aviation-built plane. He made the comment at a brief news conference after the signing in Doha of the 6.3-billion-euro (£4.6 billion) deal of 24 Rafales. (Reporting by John Irish; Writing by Brian Love; Editing by Mark John) More »

  • France's Hollande in Qatar for warplane deal
    France's Hollande in Qatar for warplane deal Mon, May 4, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande has arrived in Qatar to oversee the signing of a multi-billion-euro deal to sell 24 Rafale fighter jets to the gas-rich emirate More »

  • Most French people give thumbs down to Hollande in poll
    Most French people give thumbs down to Hollande in poll Sat, May 2, 2015

    More than 80 percent of French people do not want Francois Hollande to stand for re-election in the next presidential contest in 2017 due to his poor economic record, according to a poll ahead of his third anniversary in power later this month. The poll, carried out by the CSA institute for news website Atlantico, showed that the same proportion of people surveyed - 81 percent in total - thought Hollande's record in office was "negative". "The reasons are diverse," Yves-Marie Cann, who is in charge of political polls at the CSA, was quoted as saying by Atlantico. "The lack of track record in terms of the economy and social affairs has a significant impact, 1 1/2 years after the deadline for reversing the unemployment curve." Cann added: "The increase in fiscal pressure, the decline in purchasing power are also contributing to the negative sentiment." Hollande has succeeded in stemming the slump in his approval ratings since his handling of the Islamist militant attacks in Paris in January, with 32 percent of those polled now considering that he has presidential qualities such as courage and determination. More »

  • 'No mercy' if French troops guilty of child sex abuse: Hollande
    'No mercy' if French troops guilty of child sex abuse: Hollande Fri, May 1, 2015

    President Francois Hollande has vowed to "show no mercy" if French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic are found guilty of having sexually assaulted hungry children in exchange for food. More »

  • France's Hollande vows no mercy to soldiers if African child abuse prov …
    France's Hollande vows no mercy to soldiers if African child abuse prov … Fri, May 1, 2015

    By Chine Labbé and Louis Charbonneau PARIS/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande vowed on Thursday to make an example of any French troops found guilty of child sex abuse in Central African Republic as an internal U.N. report suggested that French, Chadian and Equatorial Guinea troops were implicated. The allegations, which came to light this week due to an internal U.N. report summarizing interviews with victims, risks damaging the reputation of France's peacekeeping operations in Africa. Reuters obtained the U.N. report on Thursday, though the Guardian newspaper was the first to report on the charges. The report suggests that at least 13 French soldiers, two soldiers from Equatorial Guinea and three Chadian troops had been involved in alleged abuse between December 2013 and June 2014. More »

  • 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 »