Francois Hollande Category

The Euro, Hollande and a strange British fixation

The euro has been in turmoil, on and off, for two years. We have become accustomed to doom-saying headlines, citing bond yields and sovereign debt, interest rates and double-dip recessions. At the beginning of these multiple crises, Europe was united. ‘Merkozy’ – the unfortunate Merkel-Sarkozy duo – expressed oodles of solidarity. Austerity was imposed – the banks took no […]

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Bonjour, Monsieur

The results are in, the incumbent is out – but the story is bigger. The last two weeks have seen the culmination of months of campaigning, and they have not been pretty. On Sunday 22nd April, the first round of voting in France’s presidential election returned some unsavoury results. Nicolas Sarkozy, the right-wing incumbent, trailed […]

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A stunned France

As someone who is half French but lives in London, I was taken aback by the recent terrorist shootings in Toulouse. To me, this town is somewhere quaintly French, sunny, and famous for – well – sausages. For many, this is no longer the case. Two weeks ago, France was horrified by the shootings of […]

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