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French Elections 2012

Polls Open In French Legislative Elections

AP | ELAINE GANLEY | Posted 08.10.2012 | World

President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party, bolstered by leftist allies, stands positioned to take control of the lower house of parliament so he c...

France Veers Right

Eric Margolis | Posted 07.11.2012 | World
Eric Margolis

As Europe's conservatives watch in dismay and even horror, the second big shoe is about to drop in French politics. Far-rightist Marine Le Pen appears set to emerge triumphant from the wreckage of France's defeated center-right.

From One Francois to the Next: A Look at France's Leadership

Kyle Jarrard | Posted 07.09.2012 | World
Kyle Jarrard

Now comes l'autre François, a breath of fresh air and dignity, with a bit of Tonton in his folded-arms repose and sweet-boy smile. But is he for real, complete with spine? Can he lead the way with a pro-growth banner held high?

France's Hollande Needs a Socialist Hypothesis

Christopher Newfield | Posted 07.09.2012 | World
Christopher Newfield

Hollande has a simple choice. There's the way down, Sarkozy-style, with anti-socialist politics that deny the value-creating powers of the whole society. There's the way up, through a modern Socialist Hypothesis that brings the whole of society into the building process

New French Prez Confirms Dramatic War Policy Change

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.16.2012 | World

After his election to the French presidency on Sunday, Francois Hollande wasted no time in following through on one of his highest-profile campaign pl...

A Tale of Two Elections

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.07.2012 | World
Robert Kuttner

Watching the jubilation at the Place de la Bastille last night, where the Socialist candidate Francois Hollande was declared the next President of France precisely at 8:00 p.m., followed by delirious chants of "Sarkozy, c'est fini!" I couldn't help thinking of Grant Park, November 2008.

Vive La France "Hollandaise"?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 07.06.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

However one cuts it, Messr. Hollande faces the same hard choices as does his defeated predecessor. Does he impose crushing new taxes on the wealthy or does he impose new taxes on everyone to help achieve revenue targets needed to help offset France's deficit?

The Scene At Bastille

Clementine Athanasiadis | Posted 05.07.2012 | World

At 8:00 p.m., Place de la Bastille erupted in joyous celebration. Hands reached toward the sky, people embraced, jumped in the air and shouted, “vic...

And Now, Make Room for Change!

Bruno Le Roux | Posted 07.06.2012 | World
Bruno Le Roux

The French, without any ambiguity, have centered at the head of state the strength of youth, the desire for change and hope in progress. This is the second major change after that of May 10, 1981. It is great news for France, great news for the Republic, and great news for Europe.

Monsieur Normal's Accidental Presidency

AP | GREG KELLER | Posted 05.06.2012 | World

PARIS -- Just one year ago, the idea that Francois Hollande would become France's next president would have been laughed at – even by some of hi...

Good Luck, Mr. President!

Anne Sinclair | Posted 05.06.2012 | World
Anne Sinclair

There we go, it's done. The French wanted change. Nicolas Sarkozy has lost his bid for re-election. On Monday, we'll start evaluating the downfall of the outgoing president, who went from being a popular candidate in 2007 to a president quickly pushed aside by his fellow citizens.

French Prez Candidate Goes From Wishy-Washy To Wow!

AP | ANGELA CHARLTON | Posted 05.03.2012 | World

PARIS -- The last time France voted for president, Francois Hollande was a portly, smiley man likened to custard pudding who played second fiddle to S...

Could Gaddafi Scandal Bring Down Sarkozy?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 07.03.2012 | World
Elena Ulansky

The second round of the French campaign, a.k.a. "le second tour," fought between now and the runoff May 6 is indeed a compelling race. The main quest...


AP | JAMEY KEATEN | Posted 07.03.2012 | World

PARIS — Socialist candidate Francois Hollande appeared to solidify his chances at winning France's presidency Thursday after his strong showing ...

The Burning Bush of Nicolas Sarkozy

Anne Sinclair | Posted 07.01.2012 | World
Anne Sinclair

We don't need anymore confusion and anxiety in our already fragile society. It is time for this campaign to be over, to end an ugly chapter in which the party still in charge is ready to say, do, or protest whatever they want to win an election.

Address to the Republican Right, Confronted With the New Lepenist Offensive

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 07.01.2012 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Today, nearly forty years after its founding and, whatever the result of the presidential election, the real battle against the Front National begins.

Has France Lost Its Soul?

Rachida Dati | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Rachida Dati

France is now at a crossroads: one road leads to economic and moral bankruptcy under François Hollande; the other leads to growth, jobs, competitiveness, greatness and the pride of being French. This is the France Nicolas Sarkozy is proposing.

Mélenchony Blues: Strong Left Party No Dutch Treat for Hollande

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
Mark R. Kennedy

A France that ends up less likely to resolve its fundamental competitiveness problems means a weaker country and a less stable Europe. That would be bad for Hollande, bad for France, bad for Europe, and bad for America.

Lessons Learned From Sunday's French Elections

Geoffroy Clavel | Posted 04.24.2012 | World

A victory for François Hollande, a disappointment for Sarkozy and a triumph for Marine Le Pen; the first-round of French elections have been enlighte...

Marine Le Pen Must Not Be Allowed to Benefit From Her Victory

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 06.23.2012 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Everything must be done -- and it is possible -- to prevent Marine Le Pen from becoming the arbiter of the second round.

A Tense Election

François Miquet-Marty | Posted 06.22.2012 | World
François Miquet-Marty

The 2012 elections are unlike any that have come before. If 2007 was the year that rehabilitated politics, 2012 seems to be putting that notion to the test.

Le Huffington Post Analyzes Results

Le Huffington Post | Geoffry Clavel | Posted 04.22.2012 | World

The polls have spoken, and to no surprise, François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy will be battling in the second round of France's presidential electi...

Tortoise Beats Hare In French Elections

AP | GREG KELLER | Posted 04.22.2012 | World

PARIS -- Slow and steady wins the race. French Socialist Francois Hollande has taken his plodding, undynamic campaign to become France's next preside...

France Election Results: Hollande, Sarkozy Advance, Far-Right Get Push

Reuters | Posted 06.22.2012 | World

By Catherine Bremer and Emmanuel Jarry PARIS, April 22 (Reuters) - Far-rightist Marine Le Pen threw France's presidential race wide op...

French Presidential Election Results

AP | Posted 06.22.2012 | World

PARIS (AP) — Official partial results: Hollande, Sarkozy advance to French presidential election runoff....