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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?

2 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

3 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.

Francois Hollande vows not to seek a second mandate

3 months agoNews : World News Blog

The French Socialist president, Francois Hollande, has made a shock announcement that he will not seek a second mandate. Despite overseeing a slight dip in unemployment, his approval ratings have been among the lowest of any post-war Presidency and his attempts to reform France’s economy have been met with strike upon strike.

French President Francois Hollande Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

3 months agoNews : The Two-Way

This marks the first time in 60 years that a sitting French president hasn't sought re-election. Hollande is extremely unpopular, and this opens up the candidate field for his Socialist Party.

France's Socialist President Francois Hollande will not seek reelection

France's Socialist President Francois Hollande says he will not seek reelection next year.  Hollande's announcement Thursday on French television network TF1 came just a few days after his No. 2, Manuel Valls, said he is “ready” to compete in the left-wing Socialist primary in January.  Hollande...

France's Hollande Says Will Not Seek Second Presidential Mandate

3 months agoNews : Huffington Post

French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday he would not seek a second term in office in the presidential election in 2017, a surprise move that throws the selection of a Socialist candidate wide open. (Reporting By Brian Love...Show More Summary

Hollande's re-election plans still unknown for French Socialists

France's divided ruling Socialists began accepting candidates on Thursday for a party primary race ahead of next year's presidential election, with incumbent Francois Hollande yet to declare whether he will stand. Hollande, who has some...Show More Summary

French Left try to start fightback while they wait for Hollande

PARIS (Reuters) - France's ruling Socialists, staring at prospective humiliation in next year's presidential election, are cranking up their election machine in a bid to re-energise voters disenchanted by Francois Hollande's five years in power.

French Socialists in Turmoil as Francois Hollande Considers Bid for Presidency

3 months agoNews : Newsweek: US

Deep internal tensions within the French Socialist party have burst into the open as President François Hollande delays confirming whether he will run for a second term. Hollande now has just two weeks to declare his candidacy for the...Show More Summary

Eyes on divided French Socialists as conservatives rally behind Fillon

PARIS (Reuters) - France's ruling Socialist party found itself in the spotlight on Monday after the decisive choice of a presidential candidate of the center-right piled pressure on President Francois Hollande's left to find a champion of its own.

Competitors Urged to Fight Hollande for France's Socialist Nomination

French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls should both take part in the Socialist primary election to pick the party's candidate for next year's presidential race, a leading Socialist said on Saturday. The comments...Show More Summary

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