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Aquilino Morelle, political advisor of France's President Francois Hollande, arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris

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By Julien Ponthus and Nicholas Vinocur CLERMONT-FERRAND, France (Reuters) - A senior adviser to French President Francois Ho…

  • Queens of French cinema spar over Hollande
    Queens of French cinema spar over Hollande 22 hours ago

    French acting legend Catherine Deneuve has hit out at fellow actress Sophie Marceau after she accused President Francois Hollande of being a cad. More »

  • France's Hollande would lose election vs Sarkozy, Le Pen - poll
    France's Hollande would lose election vs Sarkozy, Le Pen - poll Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    French President Francois Hollande would be beaten at the polls by both his centre-right predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy and far-right rival Marine Le Pen if he ran for re-election this week, an opinion survey showed on Tuesday. Hollande's popularity has plummeted to record lows since he came to power two years ago, with voters increasingly frustrated about his failure to kickstart economic growth and bring down an unemployment rate stuck above 10 percent. The survey by pollster OpinionWay showed that Hollande, whose term ends in 2017, would be knocked out in the first round of a two-round presidential election with 19 percent of votes versus 29 percent for Sarkozy and 25 percent for Le Pen. In a run-off next Sunday between Sarkozy and National Front party chief Le Pen, the former president would win by 67 percent versus 33 percent for Le Pen, the poll showed. More »

  • President François Hollande's Midterm Blues
    President François Hollande's Midterm Blues Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Reuters reported that the approval rating of France's president, François Hollande, had bombed to a new all-time low, whilst his newly appointed finance minister Manuel Valls, has achieved much more favourable results by attaining the biggest gap ever recorded between the two government positions just days after taking up his new appointment. M. Valls announced in a budget statement last week, his aim to reduce the country's Budget Deficit by making €50 billion of public spending "savings". The polls were taken between 04 and 12 April and showed M. Valls with a 58 per cent level of approval. President Hollande on the other hand, might wish to stay in Mexico where he is proving highly popular and has signed 42 agreements with his counterpart, President Enrique Peña Nieto, as his ratings have slumped to just 18 per cent. More »

  • French President Hollande's popularity sinks as new PM's rises
    French President Hollande's popularity sinks as new PM's rises Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Popular approval for French President Francois Hollande has hit a new low of 18 percent, far below the 58 percent for his new Prime Minister Manuel Valls, an opinion poll showed Sunday. More »

  • France's Hollande approval at record low, prime minister far ahead
    France's Hollande approval at record low, prime minister far ahead Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    French President Francois Hollande's popularity fell sharply in April to the lowest levels since he was elected in May 2012, taking his rating below that of the Prime Minister Manuel Valls to the largest gap ever calculated between the two titles. Only 18 percent are satisfied with Hollande's performance, five points less than last month, after his Socialist party was routed in local elections for a failure to turn around the euro zone's second largest economy and combat an unemployment rate stuck at more than 10 percent. Hollande reshuffled it cabinet in early April, putting former Interior Minister Valls to head the government after local elections in March resulted in a victory of the far-right National Front in a record number of towns. Valls won an approval rating of 58 percent in a poll carried out during April 4 to April 12, gaining the strongest popularity of a French Prime Minister at the beginning of the mandate. More »

  • Three charged over Hollande affair actress photo
    Three charged over Hollande affair actress photo Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    A photographer and two executives at the magazine that exposed French President Francois Hollande's affair with an actress are to be charged under France's strict privacy laws, a prosecutor said Saturday. More »

  • France's Hollande names European expert his chief of staff
    France's Hollande names European expert his chief of staff Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    By Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande appointed a close friend and former European affairs minister to the strategic post of his chief of staff on Wednesday and reshuffled his private office to tighten the country's relations with Brussels. The nomination of Jean-Pierre Jouyet as secretary-general of the presidency was also designed to ensure better coordination with the government of new Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Hollande told the daily Le Monde. Separately, Valls appointed Socialist Party Secretary Harlem Desir to run the European Affairs ministry. It was the first government post for Desir, 54, who has struggled during his 18 months at the helm of the Socialist Party to hold back dissent. More »

  • Hollande's ex-partner Royal joins streamlined French government
    Hollande's ex-partner Royal joins streamlined French government Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    French President Francois Hollande recalled his former partner Segolene Royal from the political wilderness on Wednesday to join a new, streamlined government, days after his Socialist Party suffered an election drubbing. More »

  • Hollande's ex-partner named to new French cabinet
    Hollande's ex-partner named to new French cabinet Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — Faced with a voter backlash at the polls, French President Francois Hollande is looking to revive his sputtering presidency with help from a surprising quarter: Segolene Royal, the mother of his four children. More »

  • Hollande takes chance on ex-partner Royal in new French cabinet Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    By Brian Love PARIS (Reuters) - Segolene Royal has returned politically to the side of her former partner, French President Francois Hollande, joining his Socialist government on Wednesday seven years after her own failed run at the presidency. For Royal, who had four children with Hollande, her appointment to the sensitive energy and environment portfolios in a cabinet shakeup marks a dramatic political comeback. But for Hollande, smarting from heavy losses in local elections and a jobless rate stuck above 10 percent two years into his term, it is a gamble. Hollande left Royal for Valerie Trierweiler and a comeback was always unlikely as long as the journalist was installed as First Lady in the Elysee presidential palace. More »

  • France's Royal offers Hollande her 'green' credentials Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    By Andrew Callus and Benjamin Mallet PARIS (Reuters) - Former French presidential candidate Segolene Royal brings green credentials, a high profile and strong political ambition to her new role as energy and environment minister at a crucial time for industry and government. The naming in Wednesday's government reshuffle of Royal, an ex-partner of President Francois Hollande, is seen partly as an attempt to maintain Green Party support for an unpopular Socialist government with a thin parliamentary majority. In 2011, Royal responded to a Greenpeace policy questionnaire with a call for a complete exit from nuclear power within 40 years. More »

  • Hollande announces new French government
    Hollande announces new French government Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Cabinet includes the French president's ex-partner Segolene Royal as minister of environment and energy. More »

  • Hollande ex-Royal named French energy and environment minister Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    PARIS (Reuters) - Segolene Royal, the ex-partner of President Francois Hollande who herself ran for president in 2007, was appointed energy and environment minister in a government shakeup announced by Hollande's chief of staff on Wednesday. Royal's return to frontline politics came in a cabinet reshuffle after heavy losses for the ruling Socialists in local elections. Farm Minister Stephane Le Foll, one of Hollande's closest allies, was reappointed in the new team and takes up additional duties as government spokesman. (Reporting By Brian Love; editing by Mark John) More »

  • Close Hollande ally Sapin named French finance minister Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    PARIS (Reuters) - Michel Sapin, a long-time political ally of President Francois Hollande who was his labour minister, was named to the powerful finance minister post on Wednesday. Arnaud Montebourg, who as industry minister backed protectionism to secure jobs and accused the European Union of hurting growth with its demands for lower public deficits, was given the expanded title of economy minister with oversight over industry and the digital economy. ... More »

  • Hollande's former partner Segolene Royal named to new French Cabinet Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Hollande's former partner Segolene Royal named to new French Cabinet . More »

  • France awaits new government as Hollande struggles
    France awaits new government as Hollande struggles Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — France's new prime minister, the popular and pugnacious Manuel Valls, took office Tuesday and is diving straight into a huge and thankless challenge: bringing back jobs, investors and hope to Europe's second-biggest economy. More »

  • France's Hollande seeks fresh start as new PM begins work
    France's Hollande seeks fresh start as new PM begins work Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Francois Hollande launched what he has billed as a fresh start to his unpopular 22-month-old presidency on Tuesday, as new prime minister Manuel Valls took up his post and set about forming a reshuffled government. The 51-year-old centrist, who as tough-talking interior minister has consistently been Hollande's most popular minister in surveys, replaced Jean-Marc Ayrault who quit following the ruling Socialist Party's rout in weekend local elections. While Valls is a public favourite, including with conservative voters, his centrist views make him more controversial with the left wing of the Socialist Party. Speculation has centred on whether Pierre Moscovici will remain in the powerful finance minister's job, while coalition sources have also talked about a possible return to government for Segolene Royal, Hollande's ex-partner and a former Socialist presidential candidate. More »

  • France's Hollande names new PM, pledges tax cuts after poll rout
    France's Hollande names new PM, pledges tax cuts after poll rout Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    By Mark John and Emmanuel Jarry PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande named centrist Interior Minister Manuel Valls as his new prime minister on Monday, replacing Jean-Marc Ayrault who quit after ruling Socialists were trounced in local French elections. Hollande vowed to pursue cuts in labour charges for business but also promised tax cuts to boost consumer spending, insisting that EU partners take his reform efforts into account in judging whether France had respected commitments to Brussels. "I have understood your message, it is clear," Hollande said in a televised message to the nation in which he acknowledged his 22-month-old government had so far failed to turn around the euro zone's second largest economy. More »

  • France fails budget target, Hollande faces reform dilemma
    France fails budget target, Hollande faces reform dilemma Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    French President Francois Hollande gestures after he recorded a speech to be broadcast on French television on March 31, 2014 More »

  • France's Hollande names new centrist PM after poll rout - source
    France's Hollande names new centrist PM after poll rout - source Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    By Mark John and Emmanuel Jarry PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande chose centrist Interior Minister Manuel Valls as his new prime minister on Monday, a coalition source said, replacing Jean-Marc Ayrault who quit after the ruling Socialists were trounced in local elections. Political commentators have compared Valls, who has taken a tough line on crime and Roma migrants, with former conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy, who earned his spurs as a security hardliner in the same ministerial position. Speculation of a cabinet reshuffle mounted after Ayrault acknowledged he and his ministers bore part of the blame for Sunday's defeat, which saw 155 towns swing to the centre-right UMP and the far-right National Front claim 11. More »

  • Hollande confirms Valls as PM, stands by pro-business pact Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    French President Francois Hollande said on Monday he had named Interior Minister Manuel Valls to be his new prime minister, replacing Jean-Marc Ayrault, in a government reshuffle triggered by a rout for his Socialists in local elections. Addressing the country in a short televised speech, Hollande said a key objective for the new government would be pursuing the so-called "responsibility pact" to lower employers' costs in order to spur job creation. More »

  • French PM Ayrault Resigns, Manuel Valls to be Appointed by President Hollan …
    French PM Ayrault Resigns, Manuel Valls to be Appointed by President Hollan … Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    France's prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has stepped down after the electoral debacle suffered by the Socialist Party at the municipal elections. Ayrault, 64, handed his resignation to president Francois Hollande who is expected to replace him with the more popular interior minister Manuel Valls, 52. More »

  • France's Hollande to name centrist Valls as new PM - media Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande is set to name centrist Interior Minister Manuel Valls as his prime minister later on Monday, BFM-TV and other local media said, replacing Jean-Marc Ayrault a day after ruling Socialists lost local elections. A reshuffle is widely anticipated given the poor showing in elections and the record unpopularity of Hollande, struggling to reverse a rise in unemployment and to spur growth in the euro zone's second-largest economy. No one at Hollande's or Valls' office was immediately available to confirm the reports. ... More »

  • Hollande to address nation after local elections - source Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande will make a televised statement on Monday at 8:00 pm local time (1900 BST), a source in his office told Reuters, a day after a stinging defeat for the ruling Socialist party in local elections. Sunday's runoff in municipal elections saw 155 towns swing to the centre-right UMP party, with the far-right National Front claiming 11, dealing a major blow to the credibility of Hollande, whose popularity is already at record lows. Earlier, a Socialist ally of Hollande said he expected the president to announce a cabinet reshuffle. ... More »

  • French left urges Hollande to drop reforms Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    The left wing of President Francois Hollande's Socialist party urged him to take heed of a stinging defeat in local elections by abandoning pro-business reforms and public deficit targets imposed by the European Union. An open letter addressed to Hollande by senior left-wingers called on him to return to Socialist basics and said his plan to boost investment and job creation by offering business some 30 billion euros in corporate charge cuts was "still-born". "Don't be afraid to abandon this path," said the letter, posted on the website of Paris Socialist senator Marie-Noelle Lienemann and signed by fellow left-wingers including Jerome Guedj and Emmanuel Maurel. "Job creation comes from a re-launch of public investment and consumption," it said, urging Hollande to end a freeze on public sector salaries, raise the minimum salary and pensions. More »

  • French reshuffle may loom after Hollande's Socialists routed in local e …
    French reshuffle may loom after Hollande's Socialists routed in local e … Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    By Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande will take soundings on a possible cabinet reshuffle on Monday after the drubbing of his Socialists in local elections handed the far-right National Front victory in a record number of towns. Provisional results from Sunday's voting showed the protectionist, anti-EU party of Marine Le Pen set to take control of 11 towns across the country, easily surpassing a past record in the 1990s when it ruled in four towns. At least another 140 towns swung from the left to mainstream opposition conservatives as voters punished Hollande for his failure to turn around the euro zone's second largest economy and above all to tackle an unemployment rate stuck at more than 10 percent. While Hollande himself, who surveys show is the least popular leader in France's 56-year-old Fifth Republic, will remain in power, the question is whether he will replace Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, whose government has been accused of amateurishness and of being paralysed by policy splits. More »

  • Hollande's Socialists set to hold Paris town hall - exit poll Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande's ruling Socialists looked set to retain control of Paris town hall in local elections on Sunday as their candidate Anne Hidalgo won 54.5 percent of votes, according to a TV exit poll. If confirmed, the victory would be some consolation for Hollande's ruling party, which according to partial tallies and exit polls was on track to lose its grip on dozens of major towns elsewhere across France. (Reporting by Marion Douet; editing by Mark John) More »

  • French set to punish Hollande in mayoral runoffs
    French set to punish Hollande in mayoral runoffs Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    By Michel Rose PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande's Socialists braced for losses in hundreds of towns and villages in mayoral elections on Sunday, with far-right National Front candidates seen winning a handful of cities for the first time since 1995. The runoff round of voting comes at the end of a week that saw French unemployment surge to a new record, making a reverse of first round losses unlikely and a cabinet reshuffle by Hollande possible as soon as Monday. Some 80 percent of the French want him to dismiss Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, according to a recent Harris Interactive poll, and ambitious and tough-talking Interior Minister Manuel Valls comes top of their favourites for the job. "I can't see how (Ayrault) could stay, unless we save about thirty towns, something nobody really believes," a Socialist Party source said. More »

  • Actress Gayet wins privacy lawsuit versus tabloid in Hollande affair
    Actress Gayet wins privacy lawsuit versus tabloid in Hollande affair Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    A French court ordered Closer magazine on Thursday to pay actress Julie Gayet 15,000 euros (12,463 pounds) for publishing photos that revealed an affair between her and President Francois Hollande, her lawyer told Reuters. The 7-page photo spread published on January 10 showed the comings and goings outside a Parisian apartment rented by Gayet. Hollande chose not to sue. Gayet's lawyer Jean Ennochi, who had been asking for a larger sum of 50,000 euros, said his client's life had been "turned upside down" by the publication. More »

  • Actress Wins Damages Over Hollande Affair Claim
    Actress Wins Damages Over Hollande Affair Claim Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Closer magazine has been told to pay damages to actress Julie Gayet over claims she had an affair with the French president. The court, in the Paris suburb of Nanterre, ordered Closer to pay €15,000 (£12,400) for breach of privacy after it published photos of the 41-year-old actress and Mr Hollande, 59, arriving separately at a Paris apartment for alleged trysts. Mr Hollande split with partner Valerie Trierweiler, 49, following the scandal but both he and Ms Gayet have refused to comment on their private lives. Ms Trierweiler, a journalist, was admitted to hospital in January with depression after the allegations about Mr Hollande first emerged. More »

  • Closer Magazine Fined €15,000 over President Hollande Love Affair Report
    Closer Magazine Fined €15,000 over President Hollande Love Affair Report Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    A French magazine has been ordered to pay thousands of euros in damages to Julie Gayet over a report claiming she had an affair with President Francois Hollande. The Court in the Paris suburb of Nanterre ruled that Closer magazine breached Gayet's privacy as it published pictures purportedly showing the 59-year-old president and the 41-year-old actress arriving separately at the same flat in Paris. At a court hearing earlier this month, Gayet's lawyer, Jean Ennochi, claimed that after the publication the actress had been hunted by reporters and paparazzi. More »

  • French court orders Closer to compensate actress over Hollande affair
    French court orders Closer to compensate actress over Hollande affair Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    A French court on Thursday ordered Closer to give Julie Gayet 15,000 euros ($21,000) in damages for breach-of-privacy after the magazine revealed her relationship with President Francois Hollande. More »

  • Hollande readies tax breaks after French vote losses - government source
    Hollande readies tax breaks after French vote losses - government source Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    The French government is preparing tax breaks for households after a final round of local elections on Sunday in which President Francois Hollande's Socialist party has suffered losses, a government source said. Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front made gains, winning a former left-wing bastion and positioning itself for more victories in the run-offs. "We are still in a preparatory phase, but there should be (tax) measures for households in the final package," a government source said, referring to a 2014-2015 budget plan. The prospects of tax breaks will raise new questions over whether France can fulfil a promise of bringing its public deficit down below an EU target of three percent of output from a forecast 3.6 percent this year. More »

  • Hollande to 'act' as French government reshuffle talk grows
    Hollande to 'act' as French government reshuffle talk grows Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    By Julien Ponthus and Elizabeth Pineau PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande will act soon in response to his Socialist Party's poor showing in municipal elections, a presidential source said on Tuesday, amid growing talk of an imminent reshuffle of government ministers. With turnout at a record low of just over 60 percent, Hollande's Socialist Party won just 38 percent of the national vote in the election at the weekend, behind 47 percent for the opposition conservatives. The results are seen as punishment for the Hollande government's failure to cut unemployment and a reflection of Hollande's personal popularity at record lows in opinion polls. The source would not make clear whether any reshuffle would include changing the prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault. More »

  • Hollande to pursue reforms despite French local vote thump
    Hollande to pursue reforms despite French local vote thump Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    By Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande's government will stick to planned economic reforms and spending cuts despite being punished in local elections where the anti-immigrant National Front (FN) made gains, the French finance minister said on Monday. In what leader Marine Le Pen called a breakthrough for her protectionist anti-EU party, the FN won power in the northern former coal-mining town Henin-Beaumont in a first-round vote on Sunday, and leads in a dozen towns before next week's run-offs. "On reforms, we have to keep calm and show courage," Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici told Europe 1 radio. "We are ready to take all the measures needed for France to remain a credible country on public finances." Paris will send to the European Union details of planned public spending measures on April 15 as scheduled, he added. More »