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  • France's Hollande gets a labrador puppy for Christmas
    France's Hollande gets a labrador puppy for Christmas Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    French President Francois Hollande is the latest leader to discover there is nothing quite like a cute puppy to perk up the corridors of power. More »

  • Court fines magazine for 'outing' top French far-right figure
    Court fines magazine for 'outing' top French far-right figure Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    A French court on Wednesday ordered gossip magazine Closer to pay 20,000 euros ($24,400) in damages for "invasion of privacy" after having "outed" one of the far-right National Front party's top officials. More »

  • Hollande staff transferred amid gossip photo flap
    Hollande staff transferred amid gossip photo flap Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — It looks like a French president can't even trust his private staff to keep quiet about his love life. More »

  • Sarkozy: 'Bling-bling' comeback king
    Sarkozy: 'Bling-bling' comeback king Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Bruised by a humiliating election loss and ensnared in a tangle of legal woes, when Nicolas Sarkozy vowed he was moving on from politics French voters thought they had seen the last of him. More »

  • Leaked photos prompt Hollande staff shakeup
    Leaked photos prompt Hollande staff shakeup Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Five Elysee Palace staff being transferred after photos of French president with actress Julie Gayet appear. More »

  • Snaps of Hollande and actress prompt palace job transfers
    Snaps of Hollande and actress prompt palace job transfers Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Five presidential staff are being transferred after photos appeared of French President Francois Hollande with actress Julie Gayet inside the Elysee Palace, officials confirmed. More »

  • Hollande's ex meets fans at end of UK book tour
    Hollande's ex meets fans at end of UK book tour Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Francois Hollande's former partner Valerie Trierweiler on Tuesday ended her visit to London with a signing session for her tell-all book, which lays bare her turbulent relationship with the French president. More »

  • France's Hollande made left-wing voters feel betrayed - ex-partner
    France's Hollande made left-wing voters feel betrayed - ex-partner Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande suffers record low popularity because he has failed to deliver promised reforms and left left-wing voters feeling betrayed, his ex-partner Valerie Trierweiler said on Sunday. In an interview to promote the English-language version of her book about her time as France's first lady and her seven-year relationship with Hollande, Trierweiler suggested the president was selfish and sometimes stretched the truth. ... More »

  • Bombshell memoirs of Hollande's ex get English release
    Bombshell memoirs of Hollande's ex get English release Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    "Merci pour ce moment", the bestselling book by Francois Hollande's ex-girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler about her stormy relationship with the French president will be released in English next week, her editors said. More »

  • Francois Hollande's 'Mistress' Julie Gayet Strikes Up 'Love …
    Francois Hollande's 'Mistress' Julie Gayet Strikes Up 'Love … Fri, Nov 7, 2014

    French President Francois Hollande was ridiculed after he allegedly cheated on his previous partner Valerie Trierweiler with the actress Julie Gayet. More »

  • Undercover French politicians sample "real life" for TV show
    Undercover French politicians sample "real life" for TV show Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    By Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) - Eight French politicians will disguise themselves as citizens struggling with real-world problems in a TV show aimed at narrowing the gap between France's often remote political elite and the public they are elected to serve. The eight politicians - now serving mandates ranging from parliamentarians and mayors to regional councillors - come from both the ruling Socialist Party and the rival conservative UMP. The group includes Thierry Mariani, a former junior minister under ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy, former parliament speaker Bernard Accoyer and Samia Ghali, an outspoken Socialist senator in the tough port city of Marseille. More »

  • French actress Gayet speaks out over Syria
    French actress Gayet speaks out over Syria Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    French actress Julie Gayet, whose affair with President Francois Hollande made headlines worldwide, opened the Beirut International Film Festival on Wednesday and criticised "fundamentalism" in neighbouring Syria. More »

  • French right wins Senate, far right FN takes first seats
    French right wins Senate, far right FN takes first seats Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Three years after France's upper house Senate made its first ever swing to the left, the right has clawed back a majority, with the far-right National Front winning seats for the first time. More »

  • French Senate expected to swing to right in new blow for Hollande
    French Senate expected to swing to right in new blow for Hollande Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Just three years after France's upper house Senate made history with its first ever swing to the left, the right is expected to claw back a majority Sunday in a new setback for Socialist President Francois Hollande. More »

  • Sarkozy says would compete for 2017 French presidential nomination
    Sarkozy says would compete for 2017 French presidential nomination Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    PARIS (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy would compete to win a centre-right party nomination as candidate for France's 2017 presidential election, he said on Thursday, ending speculation that he might call off a party primary. The former president, who lost a re-election bid to Socialist President Francois Hollande in May 2012, announced last week that he would seek the leadership of the main rightist UMP party ahead of the next presidential race. ... More »

  • France's Sarkozy makes tax pledge in comeback campaign
    France's Sarkozy makes tax pledge in comeback campaign Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    PARIS (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy said he would change the tax system to help companies and pledged on Sunday to win back National Front voters one-by-one in his first televised interview since announcing his return to French politics. The former president, who is seeking the leadership of the main rightist UMP party ahead of the 2017 presidential race, avoided giving policy details but sought to reassure companies and voters that he had heard their concerns. ... More »

  • Hollande asks Europe for patience with France, vows reform
    Hollande asks Europe for patience with France, vows reform Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    By Julien Ponthus PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande pleaded with Germany and other European partners on Thursday to be patient with France and give it more time to reform before it meets deficit targets, admitting that results were coming too slowly. Hollande told a news conference that Paris would join the United States in air strikes in Iraq to combat Islamic State fighters, who have seized swathes of the country, but said he would not attack the militants in their Syrian stronghold. ... More »

  • Hollande goes on offensive with Iraq air strike decision
    Hollande goes on offensive with Iraq air strike decision Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    President Francois Hollande kicked off a rare news conference Thursday with the dramatic announcement that France would conduct air strikes in Iraq, as he sought to wrest back the initiative after a catastrophic few weeks at home. More »

  • Under-fire Hollande faces press grilling
    Under-fire Hollande faces press grilling Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    French President Francois Hollande holds a rare and hotly awaited news conference later Thursday as the embattled and deeply unpopular leader seeks to turn the tide on a catastrophic few weeks. More »

  • Embattled French government scrapes through confidence vote
    Embattled French government scrapes through confidence vote Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls addresses parliament prior to a confidence vote, on September 16, 2004 at the French national assembly in Paris More »

  • French PM vows to hold firm on reform ahead of crunch vote
    French PM vows to hold firm on reform ahead of crunch vote Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls addresses the 577-members of the National Assembly ahead of a parliamentary confidence vote in Paris, on September 16, 2004 More »

  • French PM vows to hold firm on policy ahead of crunch vote
    French PM vows to hold firm on policy ahead of crunch vote Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls addresses the 577-members of the National Assembly ahead of a parliamentary confidence vote in Paris, on September 16, 2004 More »

  • Embattled French government faces crunch confidence vote
    Embattled French government faces crunch confidence vote Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    French President Francois Hollande (L) and Prime Minister Manuel Valls, seen outside the Elysee Palace in Paris, on September 3, 2014, after a weekly cabinet meeting More »

  • Hardest yet to come for France's Hollande
    Hardest yet to come for France's Hollande Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    By Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - A bitter public attack by a jilted ex-partner, a cabinet melt-down and the admission of broken economic promises have meant an uncomfortable three weeks for Francois Hollande. But the hardest is yet to come for the French president, who this week embarks on a struggle to convince Socialist allies, the French people and his European Union partners that he is still fit to run the euro zone's second largest economy. ... More »

  • Nearly two thirds of French want Hollande to quit - poll
    Nearly two thirds of French want Hollande to quit - poll Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Nearly two thirds of French voters would like to see their deeply unpopular Socialist president, Francois Hollande, resign before the end of his term in 2017, a poll showed on Thursday. The IFOP/Le Figaro magazine survey showed that 62 percent of respondents wanted him to quit, three years before the next scheduled presidential election. Hollande, who is the most unpopular French president since World War Two, has seen his approval score fall to an unprecedented low of 13 percent in one poll due largely to frustration about the struggling economy. Finance Minister Michel Sapin announced this week that France would break the latest in a long line of promises to European Union partners to cut the deficit, conceding it would now take until 2017 to reach the targets. More »

  • Love affair for sacked French ministers: Paris-Match
    Love affair for sacked French ministers: Paris-Match Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    United by a dislike for the French government's rightward turn, and now possibly by love -- the recently ousted ministers of economy and culture are reportedly an item, according to Thursday's edition of magazine Paris-Match. More »

  • Hollande 'hurt' by ex-partner's memoir claim
    Hollande 'hurt' by ex-partner's memoir claim Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    French president says he is particularly 'hurt' by Valerie Trierweiler's claims that he secretly despised the poor. More »

  • France's Hollande 'hurt' at ex's claim he hates the poor
    France's Hollande 'hurt' at ex's claim he hates the poor Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday launched a fresh salvo against a scathing memoir written by his former partner, saying he had been particularly "hurt" by claims he secretly despises the poor. More »

  • France: François Hollande Hits Back at Valérie Trierweiler 'Toothless Poor' …
    France: François Hollande Hits Back at Valérie Trierweiler 'Toothless Poor' … Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    France's socialist president François Hollande has accused his spurned partner of lying in a book where she claims he despises the poor, in the latest twist of a love spat that has shaken the Elysee palace. In an interview released a week after the first damaging extracts of Valérie Trierweiler's memoir Merci Pour Ce Moment ('Thank You for This Moment') were made public, Hollande denied he refers to the less wealthy with scorn, calling them "the toothless". "Do you think I've forgotten where I come from?" Hollande asked, adding that his maternal grandfather was a small tailor who lived with his family in a modest apartment in Paris, while his paternal grandfather was a teacher from a poor peasant family in northern France. In another passage France's former first lady wrote that he expressed dislike for her working-class parents. More »

  • Valerie Trierweiler's Merci Pour Ce Moment Tell-All Boycotted By French …
    Valerie Trierweiler's Merci Pour Ce Moment Tell-All Boycotted By French … Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    French booksellers have turned their nose up at the explosive book by Francois Hollande's spurned partner accusing its author of breaching the integrity of presidential privacy -- and the privacy of the bedroom. As Merci Pour Ce Moment (Thank You For This Moment) hit the bookshelves last week, signs appeared in some bookshop windows across the country to explain to readers why they wouldn't find Valerie Trierweiler's opus in store. "This bookstore doesn't aspire to be a washing machine for Madame Trierweiler's dirty laundry," one read. We are not here to be a trash bin for Trierweiler and Hollande. More »

  • Rebel French lawmakers threaten abstention in confidence vote
    Rebel French lawmakers threaten abstention in confidence vote Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Rebel lawmakers in France's ruling Socialist party could abstain in a Sept. 16 confidence vote on President Francois Hollande's reshuffled government, one of their number said on Tuesday of a move that would threaten his parliamentary majority. Next week's vote comes after a torrid few weeks for Hollande which have seen dissident ministers ejected from government, his personal poll ratings slump to record lows and a damaging book published by his jilted former partner Valerie Trierweiler. Hollande's prime minister, Manuel Valls, is now on his second government since his appointment last April and faces an uphill struggle to retain the parliamentary backing needed to pass the 2015 budget and upcoming labour reforms. "We are heading towards a group abstention," Christian Paul, one of the rebel backbenchers' leaders, told reporters. More »

  • Au revoir to France's culture of discretion
    Au revoir to France's culture of discretion Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    In seeking to settle accounts with her ex-lover, has Valerie Trierweiler also damaged French democracy? More »

  • A 'vaudeville' defence of France's Hollande - by another ex
    A 'vaudeville' defence of France's Hollande - by another ex Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, as Francois Hollande has learned since a memoir published by his spurned girlfriend left France both aghast and greedy for details about the president's private life. More »

  • Far-right at 'gates of power' in France, says PM Valls  
    Far-right at 'gates of power' in France, says PM Valls   Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    The far-right National Front is at the "gates of power" in France, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Sunday in a stark assessment of the crisis embroiling the country's centre-left government. More »

  • France's Hollande should not seek second term as president- poll
    France's Hollande should not seek second term as president- poll Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    By Dominique Vidalon PARIS (Reuters) - Most French people do not want Francois Hollande to seek a second term in the country's 2017 presidential election, a poll showed on Sunday, in the latest blow to the president whose popularity is already at record lows. The poll showed that 85 percent of those questioned did not want Hollande to run for president again, with 50 percent blaming him for not delivering on his promises. The poll by IFOP for French weekly Le Journal Du Dimanche was conducted between Sept. 5 and Sept. 6. The poll caps a week of bad news for Hollande, including the publication of a tell-all book by his former partner Valerie Trierweiler that described the Socialist president as being dismissive of the poor. More »