Socialists sweep French parliament

2012-06-17 21:16

France's Socialists have won control of parliament in a run-off vote, handing President Francois Hollande the convincing majority needed to push through a tough tax-and-spend agenda.

France's 'Mr Normal' moving into Elysee

2012-05-06 23:04

He dubbed himself "Mr Normal" during France's presidential election campaign, a modest scooter-riding everyman in touch with the concerns of ordinary voters.

French polls close, Hollande ahead

2012-05-06 20:26

Polling stations have closed across France for the final round of a presidential election that estimations said gave victory to Socialist challenger Francois Hollande over incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

Hollande plans for EU growth wins support

2012-04-25 22:42

French election favourite Francois Hollande's campaign has gained strength and credibility as the key plank in his economic strategy has gathered increasing support in Europe.

Hollande wins round one, to face Sarkozy

2012-04-22 20:31

Socialist challenger Francois Hollande has won the first round of the French presidential vote, setting himself up for a May 6 run-off with right-wing incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.


Hollande win heralds money U-turn

2012-05-06 23:18

Socialist Francois Hollande has defeated conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy to become France's next president, heralding a change in how Europe tackles its debt crisis.

Sarkozy concedes defeat

2012-05-06 20:32

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he won't lead his right-wing UMP party into June's parliamentary polls, as his campaign spokesperson conceded defeat in the presidential vote.

France holds breath ahead of tight vote

2012-05-05 22:37

France is holding its breath on the eve of a presidential election that Socialist Francois Holland is predicted to win despite incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy closing the gap after wooing the far-right.

Sarkozy in battle of his career

2012-04-23 09:14

Thrice married, Nicolas Sarkozy knows about love that flames up and later fades away. Now, he faces the battle of his career to avoid a humiliating divorce from the French people.

French presidential poll started well

2012-04-22 18:19

Europe's political landscape is in the balance as French vote for their next president.

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