Francois Hollande

In France, It Really Matters What Politicians Wear. Even Men.
July 28, 2014

François Hollande is just the country's latest fashion victim.

Cheating on Your Wife Does Not Mean You Aren't A Feminist
February 08, 2014

In the midst of the Anthony Weiner scandal last year, there was a predictable discussion about Wiener's treatment of his wife, Huma Abedin.

Surrender Monkeys Become Interventionist Gorillas!
September 03, 2013

With the British parliament’s no vote on Syria intervention, France has become President Obama’s most important ally as he plans strikes against Bashar Assad’s regime. And if the U.S.

Why Can't Frenchmen Win the Tour de France?
June 28, 2013

When a French rider last won the bike race named after his country, François Mitterand was in the Elysée Palace, Ronald Reagan had recently been inaugurated for his second term, Saddam Hussein was waging a terrible war on Iran with American support,

Gerard Depardieu's Russian Citizenship Is a Passport to a Westerner's Playground
January 08, 2013

He gets all the benefits, without any of the drawbacks.

Deutschland Über Alles: Should We Fear Germany's New Role in Europe?
May 15, 2012

When Francois Hollande, the newly elected president of France, arrives today in Berlin for his first meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, it will kindle memories of the long history of Franco-German partnership in leading the European Union. In France, it may even trigger the traditional condescension Parisian politicians feel towards their neighbors: the lumbering German economic giant that relies on French diplomatic, military, and nuclear savoir faire to achieve political clout. Increasingly, however, such sentiments are mere nostalgia.

Obama, a European Socialist? I Wish!
April 25, 2012

Last fall, Mitt Romney alleged that Obama “takes his political inspiration from Europe, and from the socialist Democrats in Europe.” I wish that were true, although socialism has American roots as well. But in point of fact, Romney could summon no evidence at all for his claim. In the richer European countries, citizens have the benefit of a cradle-to-grave welfare system—or did, until the current wave of austerity rolled in.

Sarkozy's Electoral Problem And France's Far Right
April 23, 2012

After a weak showing in Sunday’s first-round vote, French president Nicolas Sarkozy is scrambling for a bigger share of the electorate—and to get it, he’s making an appeal to France’s far right. That’s because the National Front party, led since last year by Marine Le Pen (daughter of the notorious Jean-Marie Le Pen), took almost 18 percent of the vote, compared to Sarkozy’s 27 percent and Socialist challenger Francois Hollande’s 29 percent.

So Much For The City Of Love
April 27, 2007

From today's New York Times on the competitive private life of French presidential candidate Segolene Royal and her Socialist life partner, Francois Hollande: Segolene Royal, the Socialist Party candidate, is not married to the father of her four children, Francois Hollande. But more than that, they are potential political rivals. As head of the Socialist Party, he was nearly the candidate himself, and says he will try to run in 2012 if Ms. Royal loses this time. "Certainly, without doubt," he said Wednesday in an interview on a train from Paris to Nantes.