Francois Hollande

Archbishop of Rouen Dominique Lebrun meets with Francois Hollande and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve after a priest was killed in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray (Photo: Getty)

French politicians have a major problem on their hands

26 July 2016 19:35

Today’s attack was the 7th Islamist terrorist atrocity in France since January 2015. Two hundred and thirty six people have…

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How tolerant are the French expected to be towards Islamic extremism?

26 July 2016 15:36

In Saturday’s Guardian, Natalie Nougayrède, the former managing editor of Le Monde, wrote that in the days following the slaughter…

French press fury after Hollande caves in to May

23 July 2016 8:30

Theresa May’s warm reception in France has gone down well in Britain after she won key concessions from the beleaguered…

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Theresa May gets a warmer than expected reception in Paris, and a pledge on the border

21 July 2016 20:38

Paris was meant to be the more difficult leg of Theresa May’s first European tour as Prime Minister. But May’s…

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When the French mood finally snaps, Marine Le Pen will be waiting

19 July 2016 17:13

Last Friday I noted that you don’t have to go back many months to get the latest mass-casualty terrorist atrocity…

‘Horror, once again’: French press reacts to Nice terror attack

15 July 2016 13:00

Once again, France is waking up to a massacre on its streets. In Nice, as people gathered on the seafront…

Today in audio: Mitt Romney brands Trump a ‘phony’

3 March 2016 17:46

Mitt Romney launched an outspoken attack on Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, branding the billionaire businessman a ‘phony’ and a ‘fraud’.…

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British expats in the EU fear a stronger euro far more than they fear Brexit

1 March 2016 13:08

British expats in France fear a stronger euro far more than Brexit

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France has become a religious battleground

15 January 2016 16:47

The new year has not started well for France. On the last day of 2015 – the most traumatic year…

French Far-Right National Front President Marine Le Pen during her speech after the announcement of the results of the first round of the regional election on December 6, 2015 in Henin-Beaumont, France.

Marine Le Pen loses, but tonight shows how the Front National has reshaped French politics

13 December 2015 22:19

A bad night for Marine Le Pen, then, in France’s regional elections. Having been ahead in six regions in the…

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François Hollande could still win in 2017 — tonight’s election result proves it

13 December 2015 21:22

François Hollande appears to have been consigned to the political mortuary. The first Socialist French president since François Mitterrand has…

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Podcast: Morality and privacy online, and how the SNP MPs may save the Union

23 July 2015 9:55

The hacking of adultery website Ashley Madison has raised the question of whether there is such a thing as privacy…

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Merkel strikes an uncompromising tone as the ECB tightens the squeeze on the Greek banks

6 July 2015 19:15

François Hollande and Angela Merkel have both given brief statements to the media ahead of their dinner this evening. Hollande…

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Greece says No, will Germany now try and kick it out of the Euro?

5 July 2015 23:28

Greece has voted No in the referendum and resoundingly so. With more than 90 percent of the votes counted, No…

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The French know what Dominique Strauss-Kahn gets up to in bed — and they’d still vote for him

19 June 2015 9:49

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, widely known as DSK, formerly France’s minister of the economy and finance, ex-director-general of the International Monetary Fund,…

President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands in Berlin (Photo: Tobias Schwarz/Getty)

Thankfully for Cameron, EU treaty change isn’t a black and white issue

26 May 2015 15:21

It seems every week now there is a story about France and/or Germany ruling out EU treaty change and thereby…

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Why France so worries European policy makers

31 January 2015 20:10

Today’s huge Podemos rally in Madrid is a reminder that Syriza’s victory in Greece has emboldened the anti-austerity left across…

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Charlie Hebdo attack: French march in defiance alongside world leaders

11 January 2015 14:20

Up to 0ne million people are expected to march through the streets of Paris today, in defiance of the terrorist…

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Labour’s two biggest problems—and neither of them is Ed Miliband

13 November 2014 11:00

The knives are out again for Ed Miliband this morning. But the Labour leader is the least of his party’s…

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Vince Cable accuses George Osborne of lying about tax rises

6 October 2014 13:58

Vince Cable’s speech today was loyal and funny. Cable was, unlike in some previous years, very much on message. He…

The South of France is the playground of Russian oligarchs - oodles of cash, lurid boats and a lack of taste. (VALERY HACHE/AFP/GettyImages)

It’s a bit rich for France to castigate Britain for sheltering oligarchs

23 July 2014 17:52

There’s a big to-do between France and Britain at the moment, with France accusing Britain of protecting oligarchs’ money in…

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Podcast: The Queen’s Speech and the farce of recall and the fight for Ukip’s soul

5 June 2014 10:35

Was this year’s Queen Speech a waste of time? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Conservative MPs Zac…

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Britain is sexier than France, says Jean Paul Gaultier

23 April 2014 17:03

If the French are flocking to Britain, it’s not just down to a 75 per cent tax hike on the…

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Chuka Umunna fails to defend the economics of a 52p tax. But voters like it, he says.

9 February 2014 18:57

How many FTSE 100 chief executives support Labour? How many FTSE 250 chief execs back Ed Miliband? Difficult questions for…

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French baiting from the PM?

31 January 2014 11:42

The French media might prostrate themselves before their own leaders; but they are a little more adventurous with ours. Le…