France’s Hollande arrives in Iraq to visit troops battling IS group

France’s Hollande arrives in Iraq to visit troops battling IS group

French President Francois Hollande arrived in Baghdad Monday to meet the French forces helping Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State group and to hold talks with top officials. Hollande had already visited in 2014 and remains the most prominent head of state to come to Iraq since the launch two and half years ago […]

Will he, won’t he? Hollande’s silence over primaries leaves Socialist Party in disarray

Will he, won’t he? Hollande’s silence over primaries leaves Socialist Party in disarray

  With just five months to go before France’s presidential elections, François Hollande has kept the country in suspense over whether he will run for a second term, throwing his Socialist Party into disarray. Hollande has until December 15 to declare his candidacy in the left-wing primaries, which will be held in two rounds on […]

French MPs request impeachment of President Hollande

French MPs request impeachment of President Hollande

Dozens of French opposition lawmakers late on Thursday formally requested an impeachmeant of President François Hollande over his disclosure of classified information to journalists for a tell-all book. The head of France’s National Assembly confirmed that he had transferred a copy of the impeachment request signed by 79 opposition MPs to the executive branch. The […]

Hardcore Hollande supporters may block president’s re-election bid

Hardcore Hollande supporters may block president’s re-election bid

  With six months to go before next year’s French presidential election, faith in France’s beleaguered leader François Hollande has plunged to a new all-time low, prompting fierce resistance to a potential re-election bid – even within his own party. Since 2013, Hollande has suffered some of the lowest approval ratings of any post-war president […]

France’s Hollande warns Mosul’s IS group fighters could flee to Raqqa

France’s Hollande warns Mosul’s IS group fighters could flee to Raqqa

French President Francois Hollande warned Thursday that Islamic State jihadists under attack in the Iraqi city of Mosul are already fleeing to Raqa, their stronghold in neighbouring Syria. “We can’t afford mistakes in the pursuit of the terrorists who are already leaving Mosul for Raqa,” Hollande told an international conference in Paris.

French judges, footballers and an ex-girlfriend hit back over explosive Hollande book

French judges, footballers and an ex-girlfriend hit back over explosive Hollande book

France’s president is facing a chorus of critics for reportedly describing judges as “an institution of cowardice”, suggesting footballers do a little “weight training on their brains”, and accusing his former partner of an “odious betrayal”. The controversial remarks appeared in a 672-page book titled “A President Should Not Say That” (in French, “Un président […]

Wear a veil or be French: Hollande shocks with views on Muslims and migrants

Wear a veil or be French: Hollande shocks with views on Muslims and migrants

The French president’s candid remarks on the sensitive issue of Islam, part of a wide-ranging collection of interviews that also touch on his troubled private life, have triggered a frenzy on both sides of the political divide. A 672-page doorstopper of a book, “A President Should Not Say That” is the result of a staggering […]

Hollande says Calais ‘Jungle’ camp must be ‘completely dismantled’

Hollande says Calais ‘Jungle’ camp must be ‘completely dismantled’

French President François Hollande said on a visit to the northern port of Calais Monday that the sprawling “Jungle” camp there must be “completely dismantled”. Hollande, on his first visit to Calais as president, also called on Britain to “play its part” in resolving the migrant crisis. Most of the migrants in the camp, mainly […]

France’s Hollande tells UN General Assembly on Syria: ‘Enough is enough’

France’s Hollande tells UN General Assembly on Syria: ‘Enough is enough’

French President François Hollande on Tuesday appealed for an end to the carnage in Syria, telling the United Nations: “Enough is enough”. “The Syrian tragedy will be seen by history as a disgrace for the international community if we do not end it quickly,” he told the General Assembly. The French leader described Aleppo, which […]

Democracy is stronger than barbarism,’ Hollande says in key speech

Democracy is stronger than barbarism,’ Hollande says in key speech

President François Hollande delivered a key speech in Paris on Thursday in which he rejected the idea that the state should sacrifice civil liberties in the fight against terror and emphasised that French secularism is not incompatible with religion. “The French Constitution is not a flexible text with ellipses or parentheses,” Hollande said in his […]

Hollande says France and Vietnam have ‘overcome’ difficult past

Hollande says France and Vietnam have ‘overcome’ difficult past

President François Hollande on Tuesday declared that France and Vietnam had “overcome” their conflictive past during a historic visit to the Southeast Asian country, which was marked by lucrative deals for French aviation giant Airbus. Speaking to French expatriates in the Vietnamese commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City, Hollande once again acknowledged that the […]

Hollande welcomes Team France Olympians at the Elysée presidential palace

Hollande welcomes Team France Olympians at the Elysée presidential palace

France’s Olympic team returned home on Tuesday where they received a hero’s welcome at the Elysée presidential palace in Paris after winning a total of 42 medals – 10 of them gold – at the Rio Games. The athletes arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport earlier on Tuesday, greeted by dozens of cheering fans. France […]

Hollande meets pope, honours terror victims at Rome church

Hollande meets pope, honours terror victims at Rome church

French President François Hollande met Pope Francis on Wednesday to thank him for his solidarity with the French people after attacks by Islamist militants, including the killing of an elderly priest in July. A professed atheist, Hollande started his brief, private trip to Rome and the Vatican with a stop in San Luigi dei Francesi, […]

Donald Trump makes me sick, says Hollande

Donald Trump makes me sick, says Hollande

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump makes “you want to retch”, French leader Francois Hollande said Tuesday, as he added his voice to a barrage of scathing criticism of the White House hopeful. “His excesses make you want to retch, even in the United States, especially when—as was Donald Trump’s case—he speaks ill of a […]

France to supply artillery to Iraqi army, Hollande says

France to supply artillery to Iraqi army, Hollande says

France will supply weapons to Iraq to support its fight against the Islamic State group, President Francois Hollande said Friday, but ruled out any troop deployment in the country. “This morning at the defence council, I took the decision as part of the anti-Daesh coalition to make weapons available to Iraqi forces,” Hollande said, using […]

Hollande extends state of emergency after Nice attack

Hollande extends state of emergency after Nice attack

At least 84 people were killed after a lorry ploughed into a crowd attending Bastille Day celebrations in the French city of Nice on Thursday night, in what authorities said was terror attack. A lorry ploughed into a crowd of people in the southern French city of Nice at around 11pm local time Thursday night […]

Hollande warns rebel Economy Minister Macron to ‘respect rules’ or leave govt

Hollande warns rebel Economy Minister Macron to ‘respect rules’ or leave govt

French President François Hollande threatened Thursday to sack Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, who has hinted at a bid for the presidency, unless he respects the “solidarity” of the government. “In a government, there cannot be any personal initiatives and even less presidential ones,” Hollande said in a TV interview to mark the Bastille Day national […]

Why France’s Hollande holds on to ‘rebel’ minister Macron

Why France’s Hollande holds on to ‘rebel’ minister Macron

Emmanuel Macron’s first political rally on Tuesday evening is widely viewed as a prelude to a run for the presidency – as well as a distraction from his job as economy minister. So why does his mentor, François Hollande, let him get away with it? Harbouring a passion for nimble start-ups, geeky gadgets and all […]

Hollande leads tribute to police couple killed in terrorist knife attack

Hollande leads tribute to police couple killed in terrorist knife attack

French President François Hollande led a memorial service Friday at Versailles for Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and Jessica Schneider, two police officers killed Monday at their home by a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group. Hollande, accompanied by Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, told a crowd that included hundreds of police […]

France’s Hollande warns striking unions: Don’t ‘spoil’ Euro 2016

France’s Hollande warns striking unions: Don’t ‘spoil’ Euro 2016

  As the stench of uncleared garbage wafts through parts of Paris and pilots prepare to strike, French President Francois Hollande said he would do what was needed to ensure protests do not spoil the Euro 2016 soccer tournament starting on Friday. “France was chosen to host this big event and will live up to […]

Hollande says labour reform strikes must not disrupt Euro 2016

Hollande says labour reform strikes must not disrupt Euro 2016

President Francois Hollande said on Sunday it would be incomprehensible if transport strikes were to disrupt the Euro 2016 soccer tournament that opens in France on Friday, raising pressure on the militant CGT union to call off the action. Hollande spoke in a radio interview as an opinion poll showed a majority of French people […]

Hollande and Merkel remember WWI dead 100 years after Verdun Battle

Hollande and Merkel remember WWI dead 100 years after Verdun Battle

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will stand shoulder to shoulder Sunday on the battlefield of Verdun to remember those killed 100 years ago in one of the bloodiest episodes of World War I. To mark the centenary, Hollande and Merkel will lay wreaths at cemeteries holding the dead of both sides […]

Hollande stands firm as unions vow to step up labour reform strikes

Hollande stands firm as unions vow to step up labour reform strikes

  He said the government’s top priority was to ensure the “normal functioning of the economy” in the face of the most severe industrial action in two decades, including blockades of oil refineries and fuel depots that have left petrol pumps running dry. While there were still long queues at filling stations in some parts […]