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  • France 'must prepare for other attacks': Hollande
    France 'must prepare for other attacks': Hollande Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    President Francois Hollande warned Tuesday that France must brace for further attacks, just days after a potential bloodbath on a train was foiled by passengers. More »

  • Merkel, Hollande urge unified EU response to refugee crisis
    Merkel, Hollande urge unified EU response to refugee crisis Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    A new wave of migrants began entering the European Union from Serbia Monday as the leaders of France and Germany called for a unified response to the continent's biggest migrant crisis since World War II. More »

  • Merkel and Hollande Meet to Discuss Migrant Crisis
    Merkel and Hollande Meet to Discuss Migrant Crisis Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel and the French president François Hollande are today meeting in Berlin to discuss Europe's growing migrant crisis—the biggest in 50 years according to EU officials—and a resurgence of fighting in Ukraine. EU officials have figures produced by Frontex show a record 107,500 migrants crossed into the EU last month alone, surpassing the 100,000 mark for the first time since Frontex began keeping records in 2008. On Saturday, the Italian coastguard said that 4,400 migrants were rescued from boats off the coast of Libya, after receiving distress calls from more than 20 vessels, in what was one of the biggest single-day operations mounted to date, according to the BBC. More »

  • Merkel, Hollande seek unified response to migrant crisis
    Merkel, Hollande seek unified response to migrant crisis Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    The leaders of Germany and France will meet in Berlin on Monday to seek a unified stance on efforts to tackle the biggest migrant crisis since World War II, as hundreds more people poured into Serbia in a desperate bid for a better life. More »

  • Angela Merkel, François Hollande to hold talks on EU migrants and Ukraine
    Angela Merkel, François Hollande to hold talks on EU migrants and Ukraine Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are poised to hold key talks on EU migrant crisis and the Ukrainian unrest. The number of people seeking asylum in Europe is the largest in 50 years with European leaders battling hard to handle the situation. The AFP news agency cited a government source as saying the two key European leaders would discuss "harmonising" the approach toward asylum-seekers and setting up a "complete European policy". More »

  • Hollande 'to give France's highest award to train heroes on Monday& …
    Hollande 'to give France's highest award to train heroes on Monday& … Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande will present three Americans and a Briton with the country's top Legion d'Honneur medal on Monday in recognition of their bravery in stopping a gunman on a packed train, an Elysee source said. More »

  • Hollande, Merkel 'to discuss EU migrant crisis on Monday'
    Hollande, Merkel 'to discuss EU migrant crisis on Monday' Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    The French and German leaders will meet in Berlin on Monday to give a new push to European efforts to tackle the biggest migrant crisis in 50 years, a source in the French presidency said. More »

  • As refugee crisis worsens, Merkel and Hollande want EU to move faster
    As refugee crisis worsens, Merkel and Hollande want EU to move faster Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and France will press the European Union to move faster and with more unity to deal with the worsening refugee crisis, amid complaints from Germany that it is shouldering too big a burden. Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will meet in Berlin on Monday to discuss how to speed up relief for thousands of migrants, many of whom risk dangerous sea voyages to reach southern Europe before making their way across the continent. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told a news conference on Thursday with his French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve that the EU must move more quickly as migrant numbers across the EU have surged in recent months. More »

  • France's Hollande says tax cuts will come with higher growth next year
    France's Hollande says tax cuts will come with higher growth next year Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande promised households would enjoy tax cuts in France next year "whatever happens", thanks to a pick-up in economic growth he insisted would materialise. Economic growth will be stronger in 2016. French taxpayers, which already paid the third-highest amount of tax in the European Union in 2012 when Hollande took power, have seen taxes rise further during the first years of the Socialist head of state's mandate. More »

  • France's Hollande pledges tax cuts if growth returns
    France's Hollande pledges tax cuts if growth returns Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande promised in comments published on Wednesday to cut taxes if economic growth picks up in 2016, the year before the next presidential election. "If growth accelerates in 2016, we will extend further (tax cuts) because the French people should be first to benefit from the progress achieved," Hollande was quoted as saying in an interview with a group of regional dailies. With unemployment stuck near 10 percent, growth sputtered to a halt in the second quarter, imperilling France's 2015 fiscal targets, according to ratings agency Moody's. In his interview, previewed ahead of the newspapers' Thursday editions, Hollande acknowledged the "efforts" made by ordinary citizens to meet austerity cuts in 2012-13. More »

  • France's Hollande says Greek bailout deal is thanks to Tsipras reform p … Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande on Friday welcomed the agreement reached by euro zone finance ministers to launch a third Greek bailout, saying it showed Europe could move forward after months of negotiations. "This decisive step was reached thanks to the determination of Alexis Tsipras's government, which is on a path to courageous reforms whilst remaining true to its principles of justice," Hollande said in a statement. (Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Kevin Liffey) More »

  • Hollande and Tsipras Want Greek Bailout Agreed in Late August
    Hollande and Tsipras Want Greek Bailout Agreed in Late August Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    A new bailout for Athens should be agreed by late August, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday. Greece is in negotiations with the European Union and International Monetary Fund for as much as 86 billion euros ($94 billion) in fresh loans to stave off financial ruin and economic collapse. Hollande said by the end of the month. More »

  • 'No difficulty' for France to find Mistral buyers: Hollande
    'No difficulty' for France to find Mistral buyers: Hollande Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said Thursday there would be "no difficulty" in finding new buyers for two Mistral warships that had been sold to Russia before Paris scrapped the deal. More »

  • Hollande, Putin reach agreement on cancelled warship deal
    Hollande, Putin reach agreement on cancelled warship deal Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia to the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, western France is seen on May 9, 2014 More »

  • Hollande, Putin reach accord on cancelled warship deal
    Hollande, Putin reach accord on cancelled warship deal Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia to the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, western France is seen on May 9, 2014 More »

  • Hollande, Putin reach accord on cancelled warship deal: Paris
    Hollande, Putin reach accord on cancelled warship deal: Paris Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia to the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, western France is seen on May 9, 2014 More »

  • Hollande says 'no deal yet' with Russia on warship compensation
    Hollande says 'no deal yet' with Russia on warship compensation Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    President Francois Hollande, seen on June 21, 2015, in Paris, said that France had not yet reached a compensation deal with Russia over the non-delivery of two Mistral warships, contradicting comments ... More »

  • Hollande to discuss Calais migrants with Cameron tonight
    Hollande to discuss Calais migrants with Cameron tonight Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande said that he would have talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron Friday night about the migrant crisis in Calais. More »

  • France's Hollande gambles on jobs growth for second term bid
    France's Hollande gambles on jobs growth for second term bid Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    By Elizabeth Pineau and Emmanuel Jarry PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande, who has long pledged only run for a second term in office if unemployment was falling, has upped the stakes by saying that fall would have to be sustained throughout the year before the May 2017 vote. At his annual dinner with the French presidential press association, Hollande said unemployment would have to fall from the start of 2016 onwards and growth would have to pick up well before the May 2017 election for him to stand. "I hope the unemployment charts turn down by 2017, and well before that date so as to be credible," he said. More »

  • France's Hollande discussses Iran nuclear deal with Rouhani
    France's Hollande discussses Iran nuclear deal with Rouhani Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande conferred with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani Thursday on "conditions for implementing" the Iran nuclear accord, Hollande's office said. More »

  • Hollande, Rouhani agree to boost cooperation after nuclear deal Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande agreed in a phone conversation with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Thursday to reinforce bilateral cooperation between the countries after last week's nuclear deal in Vienna, Hollande's office said. "(French Foreign Minister) Laurent Fabius' visit to Iran on July 29 is aimed at initiating this development," Hollande's office said in a statement. Hollande said during the conversation with Rouhani that he wanted Iran to make a positive contribution to solving crises in the Middle East, according to the statement. More »

  • 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 »