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Fillon, France and Putin

When it comes to political predictions, I’m not exactly on a roll at the moment. Nevertheless, after last weekend’s primary of the right, I’ll risk another. The next French president will be François Fillon of the center-right Republicans. Show More Summary

French Lessons for the Centre Left

In ordinary times, a French president announcing they wouldn't be seeking re-election is something of a deal. Especially as none have stepped down after a single term in the history of the Fifth Republic. However, as it's 2016 this milestone will go down as but a detail. Show More Summary

Rugby-Former France coach Laporte named French federation president

PARIS, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Former France coach Bernard Laporte was appointed president of the French rugby federation on Saturday.

Hollande vows to fight for society's most vulnerable

French President Francois Hollande vowed Saturday to spend the final months of his presidency fighting to protect the rights of the most vulnerable in society and the world.

Hollande vows to fight for weakest until he steps down

French President Francois Hollande vowed Saturday to spend the final months of his presidency fighting to protect the rights of the most vulnerable in society and the world. Speaking on his first foreign trip since announcing he would...Show More Summary

French press review 3 December 2016

This morning's French papers consider the ramifications of the decision of the country's Socialist President François Hollande not to seek a 2nd term in office in elections in Spring next year.

All eyes on Valls after Hollande bows out of French presidential race

Now that French President François Hollande has announced that he will not be seeking another term, all eyes are on his prime minister, Manuel Valls, ahead of the left wing’s January primary to choose a presidential candidate for 20...

Manuel Valls: man on a mission to save the French left

Prime Minister Manuel Valls has a reputation for never ducking a fight. But France's former top cop may be about to embark on his biggest battle yet. All eyes are on the Spanish-born premier after President Francois Hollande on Thursday...Show More Summary

Valls’s Mission to Save French Socialists From Election Collapse

Manuel Valls’s brief for the next few months may prove to be more of a salvage job than a realistic bid for the French presidency. After Francois Hollande’s decision Thursday not to seek re-election in April, what’s left of the Socialist establishment is looking to Prime Minister Valls as its main standard bearer in the […]

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"French President François Hollande announced Thursday that he will not run for re-election, citing his unpopularity and likely inability to garner enough support."

That's pronounced gar-NAY in French. Hollande's popularity is at 4%. I just typo'd "poopularity" for some reason. Must be my French accent. He is the first French president since the war not to attempt to run for re-election.François...Show More Summary

Hollande's re-election retreat met with mixed response

Reaction in German, Belgian and Swiss publications vary, with one declaring the president a ‘dinosaur’ of French politics François Hollande’s decision not to stand for a second term, the first time since the war that a French president...Show More Summary

CHANGE: Alone and unpopular, France’s Hollande throws in the towel. French President François Ho…

CHANGE: Alone and unpopular, France’s Hollande throws in the towel. French President François Hollande said on Thursday he would not seek re-election next year, bowing to historically low approval ratings after a troubled term in power. The withdrawal means the 62-year-old Socialist leader is the first president of France’s fifth republic, founded in 1958, to […]

Brussels briefing: Hollande capitulates

It’s not a precedent any president would want to set. François Hollande is the first French head of state since the second world war not to stand for re-election. Laid low by dreadful popularity ratings, the socialist Hollande had little chance of prevailing next year against centre-right candidate François Fillon or Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front. Read more

Hollande's Retreat Saves Him From A Pounding But Leaves France At Risk Of Extremists

French President François Hollande will not seek a second term because he does not expect to get sufficient backing to win re-election. It is a realistic decision but in the absence of a clear leader for the Left, the 2017 election could in the end be between the right and the extreme-right.

French Left starts search for new leader

French President Francois Hollande's dramatic decision not to seek a second term next year leaves the leftwing field open in an election that is proving increasingly unpredictable.

French voters want PM Valls to win left-wing presidential primary: poll

PARIS (Reuters) - French voters want to see Prime Minister Manuel Valls secure the Socialist Party ticket to run for presidential election next year, an opinion poll showed on Friday, hours after President Francois Hollande announced that he would not seek a second term.

The woman who decides what wine French presidents drink

Virginie Routis, is the first woman ever to be given the keys to the legendary wine cellars of the Elysée Palace, home to 14,000 bottles of fine wine.

French left seeks candidate after Hollande bows out

French President Francois Hollande's dramatic decision not to seek a second term next year leaves the leftwing field open in an election that is proving increasingly unpredictable. Hollande announced Thursday he would not seek re-election next April, bowing to historic low approval ratings. Show More Summary

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