This means the decisions, especially tax choices, made by (French President) Nicolas Sarkozy on the day after the presidential election have been revealed as inappropriate, ineffective and unfair and have amplified the shock of the global situationFrance officially falls into recession Oct 03, 2008
He is not an ordinary citizen and can't just come out with whatever he might be thinking. He is the president of FranceSarkozy outburst hurts his declining image Feb 25, 2008
Everyone who indulges in these acts of violence only does those people a service who want more order and strictnessFrench leader calls for end to violence May 08, 2007
I've considered for a long time the prospect of another April 21stFrench Socialists fear election defeat Mar 13, 2007
The problem isn't his (the President's) physical state, which seems pretty good, but more the state of his policies, which seem pretty poorChirac turns 71, quietly Dec 01, 2003
François Hollande (born 12 August 1954) is a French politician. From 1997 to 2008, he was the First Secretary of the French Socialist Party. He is also a deputy from the département of Corrèze and the mayor of Tulle.
He was born in in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, and is a graduate of HEC, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and ENA, and his former profession was as councillor in the Court of Accounts.
In 2004, he took the position of 'yes' on the French referendum on the European Constitution, thus opposing number two of the party, Laurent Fabius. Hollande organised an internal vote on the party's position on December 1, in which representatives voted with 59% margin for 'yes', but the constitution was eventually defeated by the French public in May 2005.