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  • Sep 23, 2014
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François Hollande

Hollande set to name Manuel Valls as French PM after election rout

President Francois Hollande was set to name Interior Minister Manuel Valls as prime minister, replacing Jean-Marc Ayrault, reports said last night, a day after the ruling Socialists suffered losses in local elections in which the anti-immigration National Front made historic gains.

Tuesday, 1 April, 2014, 2:23am

French relish cycle of scandals as Sarkozy-era scores are settled

The French love their political scandals, especially when there is a change of power at the Elysee Palace, the presidential seat. Knives come out, grudges get pursued and those whose power was so intimidating a few short months ago face investigations.

24 Jun 2013 - 6:13am

ECB says it has no set limit to bond-buying

There is no limit to the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme, the bank said yesterday, a day after France's President Francois Hollande announced Europe's debt crisis was over.

10 Jun 2013 - 5:19am

Hollande urges co-operation between Beijing, EU

French President Francois Hollande said yesterday that the European Union must work with China, and called for a balanced resolution to an escalating trade dispute that began with solar panels but has since spread to European wines and cars.

9 Jun 2013 - 8:46am

France’s Hollande calls Japan ‘China’

France’s Francois Hollande was left red-faced in Tokyo on Friday after a slip of the tongue that saw him confuse his Japanese hosts with the Chinese.

During a press conference Hollande, speaking in French, referred to the Algerian hostage crisis in January in which 10 Japanese nationals died, saying he had “expressed the condolences of the French people to the Chinese people.”

8 Jun 2013 - 2:25pm 7 comments

France's Hollande calls Japan 'China'

French president Francois Hollande was left red-faced in Tokyo yesterday after a slip of the tongue that saw him confuse his Japanese hosts with the Chinese.

8 Jun 2013 - 3:57am

Francois Hollande to swot up on 'Abenomics' on state visit to Japan

French President Francois Hollande arrives in Japan tomorrow, hoping to close agreements on nuclear co-operation and in the aviation sector.

He also is keen to learn more about "Abenomics", Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's big-spending, loose-money bid to stoke growth in the Japanese economy, to see whether the lessons could be applied at home

5 Jun 2013 - 12:35am

Talking points

Boston bombing accused in court

30 May 2013 - 2:56am

Does France have right plan to revive its economy?

The man charged with reviving France’s shrinking economy and attracting businesses to invest here is gaining a reputation for doing the opposite.

23 May 2013 - 8:27am

China wants to chair G20 talks, Xi Jinping tells Hollande

China hopes to host and chair the G20 summit in 2016 to gain a bigger say in international economic affairs, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said in Hong Kong yesterday.

7 May 2013 - 8:02am 5 comments