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French Socialists face 'unprecedented' losses

2 months agoNews : The Cutline

After five years in power under ex-president Francois Hollande, the party now faces a battle to survive after a historic drubbing in parliamentary elections. "The tornado was too strong... the two elections were too close to allow us to really recover," Cambadelis added on Sunday.

French Socialists face 'unprecedented' losses

For France's Socialists, the pain keeps getting worse. After five years in power under ex-president Francois Hollande, the party now faces a battle to survive after a historic drubbing in parliamentary elections. Projections on Sunday showed it crashing to 15-40 MPs in the new national assembly from 277 currently. Show More Summary

Macron takes office as French president

2 months agoNews : USAToday: News

Emmanuel Macron becomes France's youngest ever president on Sunday, taking over from socialist Francois Hollande in a solemn ceremony. Video provided by AFP        

Hollande: 7 things he did – and didn't do

French President Francois Hollande chaired his final cabinet meeting Wednesday before handing over the reins to Emmanuel Macron, while the governing Socialist Party began to splinter.

France's Hollande nears exit as party falls apart

French President Francois Hollande chaired his final cabinet meeting Wednesday before handing over the reins to Emmanuel Macron, with his Socialist Party close to implosion. Macron will be inaugurated on Sunday and the centrist's victory over far-right leader Marine Le Pen is threatening to rapidly re-draw the French political map. Show More Summary

Exit Francois Hollande, France's president of paralysis

When Francois Hollande tapped Emmanuel Macron as an aide in his 2012 presidential campaign, little did he know that he was taking advice from his eventual successor. Nor could the French Socialist leader, who hands over power to Macron on Sunday, have foreseen that the liberal reforms championed by his protege would turn out to be his undoing. Show More Summary

In France, conservative Fallon takes a swing at socialist President Hollande

French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon accused President Francois Hollande of dirty tricks. This is going to get interesting.

France's scandal-tainted Fillon accuses Hollande of media leaks

French centre-right presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Thursday accused President Francois Hollande, a Socialist, of orchestrating media leaks that have dented his image as a scandal free leader a month ahead of the key vote.Show More Summary

Another Socialist government member backs Macron with French election just a month away

PARIS (Reuters) - A second member of the French government of Socialist President Francois Hollande changed camp on Thursday, announcing that he was backing centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron instead of the Socialist Party contender in the presidential election.

France to close oldest nuclear plant (much to relief of the Swiss and the Germans)

France on Tuesday took a key step towards shutting down its oldest nuclear power station, a campaign promise of Socialist President Francois Hollande, just months before he leaves office.

French Socialist party in trouble; story is similar throughout Europe

(Paul Mirengoff) The French Socialist party held its primary yesterday in the race to succeed Francois Hollande as the party’s standard bearer. Hollande’s presidency has been such a disaster that he declined to stand for re-election....Show More Summary

Who Are the Candidates in France's Left-Wing Presidential Primary?

7 months agoNews : Newsweek: US

Four years in power have not been kind to France’s left. The sitting Socialist president Francois Hollande has been called the most unpopular since World War II. Polls suggest that no left-wing candidate will make it to the second round...Show More Summary

Seven Socialists Contend for French Presidential Nomination

Seven candidates will run in next month's French left-wing primaries seeking to win the nomination for next year's presidential election, the organizers said on Saturday. With President Francois Hollande having said this month that he...Show More Summary

The new politics of fear

PARIS — French Socialist President Francois Hollande knew which way the winds were blowing. His announcement last week that he would not seek reelection was a response to record-breaking unpopularity. But it also reflects weaknesses haunting the left and center-left throughout the democratic world. Donald Trump’s victory may thus be only a particularly alarming portent [...]Show More Summary

French Socialists Regroup to 'Rise Up' and 'Fight the Right'

France's Left on Saturday launched a bid to re-energize supporters disenchanted by Francois Hollande's five years in power and find a candidate to unite the ranks ahead of a presidential election next year where it could face humiliation. Hollande...Show More Summary

This Is How Francois Hollande Gradually Fell From Grace

"Throw them all out!", former Socialist Party minister Jean-Luc Mélenchon has chanted throughout the last five years. For once, Francois Hollande agrees. After the elimination of Cécile Duflot and then of Nicolas Sarkozy in their respective...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 […]

French Presidential Race Centers Around Manuel Valls After Hollande Bow-Out

8 months agoNews : Huffington Post

PARIS ? Prime Minister Manuel Valls emerged on Friday as the possible standard bearer of the ruling Socialists in France’s presidential election following Francois Hollande’s shock announcement that he would not seek a second term. A...Show More Summary

French presidential race centers on 'top cop' Valls after Hollande bow-out

PARIS (Reuters) - The focus of France's presidential election swung on to Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Friday as the possible standard bearer of the ruling Socialists following Francois Hollande's shock announcement that he would not seek a second term.

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.

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