Latest Francois Hollande News

  • 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 »

  • EU's Tusk discussing Russia sanctions idea with Merkel, Hollande
    EU's Tusk discussing Russia sanctions idea with Merkel, Hollande Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Council President Donald Tusk is discussing a proposal with Germany and France to link European Union sanctions on Russia to full implementation of a Ukraine ceasefire, a senior EU official said on Wednesday. Tusk is working with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on a compromise proposal on the future of EU sanctions that he believes all 28 EU leaders would support at a summit on Thursday. "The direction of that proposal will go into building very strong links between full implementation of Minsk and sanctions that are already in place being in place until full implementation of Minsk," the official told reporters on condition of anonymity. More »

  • Greece seeking joint Merkel-Hollande talks on bailout
    Greece seeking joint Merkel-Hollande talks on bailout Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Greece has called for joint talks with leaders of Germany, France and the European Union executive to try and resolve the crisis surrounding the country's bailout negotiations. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ... More »

  • France's Hollande presses Luxembourg on tax avoidance
    France's Hollande presses Luxembourg on tax avoidance Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande (L) holds a joint statement with Luxemburg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel during an official visit in Luxemburg on March 6, 2015 More »

  • Hollande promises new savings to meet 4bn-euro Brussels demand
    Hollande promises new savings to meet 4bn-euro Brussels demand Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande has promised his government would find four billion euros to meet deficit demands from Brussels More »

  • Hollande plans first ever visit by French president to Cuba
    Hollande plans first ever visit by French president to Cuba Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    President Francois Holland will make the first ever visit by a French head of state to Cuba in May in the latest sign of a thaw between the isolated communist nation and Europe and the United States. More »

  • Hollande calls for immediate Ukraine ceasefire, heavy weapon withdrawal Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande repeated demands for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and the withdrawal of heavy weapons following a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday. "The Minsk accord is the only way to re-establish peace," Hollande told a news conference. The ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons should be respected." Stoltenberg said it appeared that the ceasefire was holding, although it remained "fragile". More »

  • France's Hollande visits typhoon-hit Philippine town
    France's Hollande visits typhoon-hit Philippine town Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande met survivors of one of the world's strongest typhoons in a remote Philippine coastal town on Friday, seeking to sound a global alarm on climate change ahead of a crucial UN summit. More »

  • France's Hollande promises Philippine storm survivors a climate deal
    France's Hollande promises Philippine storm survivors a climate deal Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Roli Ng GUIUAN, Philippines (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande on Friday met victims of the biggest-ever typhoon to make landfall and promised them he would secure an international agreement to limit climate change. Hollande toured the Philippine fishing town of Guiuan in the east of the archipelago where, in 2013, Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 6,300 people. "I promise you, we'll succeed in France because we must obtain agreement," Hollande told a crowd at a town school, referring to a U.N. conference on climate change late this year in Paris. The goal of the conference is a legally binding, global agreement on climate change, to keep a rise of global temperatures to a minimum to prevent sea level rise, the melting of ice caps and severe weather. More »

  • Hollande tours typhoon-hit Philippines ahead of climate deal
    Hollande tours typhoon-hit Philippines ahead of climate deal Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    GUIUAN, Philippines (AP) — French President Francois Hollande on Friday took his warning about the need for funds for a landmark climate deal to a central Philippine town that was devastated by a killer typhoon in 2013. More »

  • 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 »