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France’s growing labor standoff: What could happen next?

PARIS (AP) — France’s Socialist President Francois Hollande is engaged in the biggest test of his presidency, facing months of protests and strikes against a labor law that are threatening nationwide fuel shortages. The fight is over a reform that aims to boost hiring by making France’s 35-hour workweek more flexible, making it easier to […]

Grim ratings greet France's Hollande before prime-time TV grilling

PARIS (Reuters) - A poll showing two thirds of left-leaning voters believe he should not seek a second term next year greeted Socialist President Francois Hollande on Thursday, as he prepared for a TV interview billed as crucial to his re-election chances.

Popular French Lawmaker Launches New Political Party, Snubs Hollande

French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron - who enjoys popular support within Francois Hollande's socialist party - has snubbed the president by announcing the launch of a new political party designed to appeal to both left and right supporters.

French President Hollande 'Finished' as Socialists Continue Infighting

The President of France, Francois Hollande, is facing the worst crisis in his political career as his party descends into chaos, his popularity rating plummets to an appalling 19 percent and he mulls over whether or not even to stand again for the presidency in 2017.

Hollande could face Socialist primary challenger: party head

PARIS (Reuters) - Francois Hollande could face a challenger from his Socialist Party camp in a primary ahead of next year's election, the party head said on Sunday, as a new poll showed the French president falling further in public opinion.

Hollande Not Ruling Out Possible First Round Defeat in Next Elections

French President Francois Hollande does not rule out a first round defeat in the 2017 presidential elections for a Socialist Party candidate, whether him or someone else.

Sarkozy's woes boost Juppe's election chances, harm Hollande's

PARIS (Reuters) - Ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy's latest legal woes could be fatal to his already faltering comeback chances but the paradox is it's not good news for Socialist President Francois Hollande either.

French PM Valls says new government to keep up reforms

PARIS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Thursday that France's new government, after a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, would keep up working for reforms until the end of Socialist President Francois Hollande's term in 2...

French left-winger Melenchon to run for presidency in upset for Hollande

PARIS (Reuters) - French leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon said he will run for the presidency again next year, a move which could dent Socialist President Francois Hollande's chances of re-election.

Left-Wing French Justice Minister Resigns in Counter-Terrorism Row

4 months agoNews : Newsweek: US

One of France’s most progressive government ministers has resigned amid a row over new counter-terrorism legislation. Christiane Taubira, the justice minister in Francois Hollande’s socialist party, stepped down on Wednesday over government...Show More Summary

Francois Hollande Admits Socialist Policies Failed, Declares "Economic State Of Emergency"

Remember when showing 'progress' in Europe was as simple as pointing to your high stock market or low bond yields to "prove" everything is awesome. Since 2012, when Mr Hollande came to power, more than 600,000 people have joined the ranks of the unemployed at a time when joblessness has decreased in most of the other large European economies. Show More Summary

France’s triumphant far-right and the echoes of Donald Trump

6 months agoNews : BlogPost

France's far-right National Front made remarkable gains in regional elections on Sunday, winning close to 30 percent of the national vote and consigning the ruling Socialists of President Francois Hollande to a dispiriting third place in the polls. Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front, hailed the result as a rejection of "the old political world." […]

France's Sarkozy: no deal with Socialists against far right

PARIS (Reuters) - France's conservative party leader, Nicolas Sarkozy, on Wednesday ruled out making any alliance with Francois Hollande's ruling Socialists to stop the increasingly popular far right from winning regional councils in elections this month.

France’s president has always been far tougher than Obama

Remember when Secretary of State John Kerry was accused of being “too French” to become our president? If only. Under its Socialist president, Francois Hollande, the country we used to say was populated by “cheese-eating surrender monkeys” is showing resolve, … Continued

From cows to drug busts - France's Hollande broadens message in hunt for votes

PARIS (Reuters) - From hunters to police officers, French President Francois Hollande is broadening his charm offensive among voters to include groups not normally associated with his ruling Socialists ahead of elections the party is expected to lose.

French Socialists head for election rout

PARIS(Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande's Socialists, hit by internal divisions, splits with other left-leaning parties and his own deep unpopularity, face defeat in regional elections in December that bodes ill for their chances in the 2017 presidential race.

French Socialist chief gives German 'friend' history lesson

10 months agoNews : Reuters: World News

PARIS (Reuters) - Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, head of France's ruling Socialists and a close ally of President Francois Hollande, issued an open letter to the German people on Thursday urging them to re-think their place in Europe.

France's Hollande to press ahead with reforms despite poll losses

BERLIN (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande pledged on Tuesday to press ahead with his reform drive after his ruling Socialist Party suffered heavy losses in weekend local elections.

French local elections: Winners and losers

Nicolas Sarkozy's centre-right alliance won a landslide victory in the French departmental elections, making yesterday a terrible election night for President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party. Front National performed below recent expectations, but made gains that shouldn't be underestimated. Show More Summary

Socialist Hollande Asked Netanyahu Not to Participate in Paris Anti-Terror March

French Socialist President Francois Hollande conveyed a message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asking him not to come to Paris to take part in the Unity March against terror on Sunday. An Israeli source privy to the contacts between the … Continue reading ?

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