Francois Hollande


Podcast: Morality and privacy online, and how the SNP MPs may save the Union

23 July 2015 9:55

The hacking of adultery website Ashley Madison has raised the question of whether there is such a thing as privacy…

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Merkel strikes an uncompromising tone as the ECB tightens the squeeze on the Greek banks

6 July 2015 19:15

François Hollande and Angela Merkel have both given brief statements to the media ahead of their dinner this evening. Hollande…


Greece says No, will Germany now try and kick it out of the Euro?

5 July 2015 23:28

Greece has voted No in the referendum and resoundingly so. With more than 90 percent of the votes counted, No…

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The French know what Dominique Strauss-Kahn gets up to in bed — and they’d still vote for him

19 June 2015 9:49

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, widely known as DSK, formerly France’s minister of the economy and finance, ex-director-general of the International Monetary Fund,…

President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands in Berlin (Photo: Tobias Schwarz/Getty)

Thankfully for Cameron, EU treaty change isn’t a black and white issue

26 May 2015 15:21

It seems every week now there is a story about France and/or Germany ruling out EU treaty change and thereby…

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Why France so worries European policy makers

31 January 2015 20:10

Today’s huge Podemos rally in Madrid is a reminder that Syriza’s victory in Greece has emboldened the anti-austerity left across…

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Charlie Hebdo attack: French march in defiance alongside world leaders

11 January 2015 14:20

Up to 0ne million people are expected to march through the streets of Paris today, in defiance of the terrorist…

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Labour’s two biggest problems—and neither of them is Ed Miliband

13 November 2014 11:00

The knives are out again for Ed Miliband this morning. But the Labour leader is the least of his party’s…

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Vince Cable accuses George Osborne of lying about tax rises

6 October 2014 13:58

Vince Cable’s speech today was loyal and funny. Cable was, unlike in some previous years, very much on message. He…

The South of France is the playground of Russian oligarchs - oodles of cash, lurid boats and a lack of taste. (VALERY HACHE/AFP/GettyImages)

It’s a bit rich for France to castigate Britain for sheltering oligarchs

23 July 2014 17:52

There’s a big to-do between France and Britain at the moment, with France accusing Britain of protecting oligarchs’ money in…

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Podcast: The Queen’s Speech and the farce of recall and the fight for Ukip’s soul

5 June 2014 10:35

Was this year’s Queen Speech a waste of time? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Conservative MPs Zac…

Jean Paul Gaultier tells Mr Steerpike that he comes to Britain because it's iconoclastic and sexy.

Britain is sexier than France, says Jean Paul Gaultier

23 April 2014 17:03

If the French are flocking to Britain, it’s not just down to a 75 per cent tax hike on the…

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Chuka Umunna fails to defend the economics of a 52p tax. But voters like it, he says.

9 February 2014 18:57

How many FTSE 100 chief executives support Labour? How many FTSE 250 chief execs back Ed Miliband? Difficult questions for…

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French baiting from the PM?

31 January 2014 11:42

The French media might prostrate themselves before their own leaders; but they are a little more adventurous with ours. Le…


Why a summit in the pub with Hollande is the last thing Cameron needs today

31 January 2014 9:01

After the week he’s had in the Commons, no-one would blame David Cameron for heading for the pub today. Unfortunately,…

All the president's women: Segolene Royal, Valerie Trierweiler and Julie Gayet. (PATRICK KOVARIK,VALERY HACHE,ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

The messy Hollande triangle reinforces the case for marriage

20 January 2014 11:13

Well, whatever about the French press, for British papers, the Hollande affair is the gift that keeps on giving. Apparently…

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Ed Miliband’s problems are mounting

15 January 2014 13:40

Today’s PMQs has left Ed Miliband with a strategic headache. Miliband’s new less-Punch and Judy approach to PMQs isn’t working.…

Is it all over between Francois Hollande and Ed Miliband? (LEFTERIS PITARAKIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Does Ed Miliband feel betrayed by Francois Hollande?

15 January 2014 10:44

President Hollande’s private life continues to fascinate the whole world (other than the French press pack, obviously); but it is…

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Francois Hollande is hacked off with the press

14 January 2014 19:03

Francois Hollande, was framed by a set of panto-esque red curtains as he attempted to conduct a gigantic U-turn on…

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A bad week for ‘President Normal’ just got worse

14 January 2014 17:24

So she’s been fired! We now know why Valérie Trierweiler, the established companion of the president of the republic is currently…

The claims surrounding the alleged dalliance between President Hollande and the actress Julie Gayet become more fantastic by the day. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

The President, his mistress and the Mob

13 January 2014 15:03

There was a moment when it looked like French Closer had done President Hollande a favour. His poll ratings have…


What François Hollande’s latest crisis means for Westminster politics

3 January 2014 12:42

Beyond the slew of amusing ‘No man’s hand’ photos of the beleaguered François Hollande trying and failing to find support…

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François Hollande’s great haul of China

27 April 2013 12:41

François Hollande has just completed his visit to China. The two great socialist nations more or less embraced: ‘I look…

David Cameron has a round of meetings this week with European leaders. Picture: Getty

David Cameron makes the case for reform in Europe

8 April 2013 8:55

Germany has elections on the way, Spain is just about holding a lid on its economic crisis while keeping a…

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Mali could be the gamble that defines Hollande’s presidency

17 January 2013 18:16

The crisis in Mali is yet another unintended consequence of the Arab Spring. Specifically, they are a result of the…