François Hollande, in the shadow of De Gaulle, talking to Angela Merkel - illustration by Ingram Pinn

In May 2012 François Hollande became France's first Socialist president since François Mitterrand.


He was elected after a campaign in which he argued that growth generation - as opposed to the German-led emphasis on austerity – would end the eurozone crisis.

Germany set to back EU Russian sanctions

Burden must be spread across bloc, says Steinmeier

The baby steps of reform in France

Economic renewal must get in its stride before 2017

Warship row dominates EU sanctions talks

Hollande shows signs of backing down on warship supply

Hollande vows tax cuts to push reforms

French president says weak economy demands swift action

Leftwing leaders back Juncker for Brussels post

UK’s Cameron looking isolated before EU summit

Alstom: l’exception française

France’s attempts to lure foreign investors suffer a setback

War of words on BNP Paribas reaches roar

Hollande and Dijsselbloem attack ‘excessive’ US crackdown

BNP eyes shake-up as hefty US fine looms

Obama says he has no right to intervene over sanctions fines

Brussels questions French budget

Review finds ‘insufficient’ detail in Hollande reforms

Outcry at threat to BNP of $10bn US fine

Pressure on Hollande to intervene on bank’s behalf

Diplomacy takes centre stage on Ukraine

Leaders to use France meetings to boost legitimacy of Poroshenko

UK offers military help in Boko Haram battle

West African leaders meet in Paris to define strategy

Russia urges Kiev to delay national vote

Death toll rises in move against rebels in east

Hollande pins future on economic recovery

French leader admits he has to work faster to revive his nation

Hollande faces uphill battle to recover popularity

French president’s ratings at record low after two years

French voters urged to ‘fight extremes’

New prime minister promises to lead campaign against far right

France urges action to lower euro’s value

Valls wants loose monetary policy alongside growth initiatives

Siemens and GE in rival push to woo Paris

Charm offensive at Elysée over Alstom

Hollande forced to choose between duty and love

President’s duty is to let Alstom shareholders decide, with the whole company’s interests in mind, says Howard Davies

GE bid for Alstom puts Hollande on spot

Dilemma over future of French national champion

France to slow deficit reduction plan

Softer target of 3% of GDP is in line with EU’s upper limit

Senior adviser to Hollande quits

Morelle quits over alleged conflict of interest – and shoe collection

France set to freeze welfare payments

Part of plan to cut public spending by €50bn

France backtracks over EU deficit target

Paris sticks to commitment to cut figure to 3% in 2015

Hollande approval rating hits fresh low

French president suffers despite party relaunch

Hollande appoints ally to lift presidency

Jean-Pierre Jouyet named secretary-general at the Elysée Palace

Hollande launches reshuffle after poll blow

Moment of acute difficulty for two-year-old administration

No blank cheque for French right

The president’s opponents should not draw too much electoral comfort, writes François Heisbourg

France’s UMP party savours Hollande rout

Centre-right riven by leadership rivalries despite victory

Hollande poised to react to election blow

Administration shake-up to follow gains for the right

How an English schoolboy got his doctors the Légion d’Honneur

François Hollande’s stock runs high in the Boulton family – especially with 14-year-old Max

Closer to pay damages for Hollande report

Actress wins €15,000 from magazine for privacy breach

Hollande hurries to act after poor poll result

Speculation of a cabinet reshuffle and tax cuts swirl

Jobless rise deals fresh blow to Hollande

Figures hit new record after government suffers poll rebuff

Alienation and National Front success

France’s established parties appear more interested in high-level personality clashes, says Howard Davies

Hollande hit by National Front vote

Le Pen’s party wins first mayoral seat in France for almost 20 years

Hollande braced for election setback

National Front expected to gain breakthrough on Sunday

A dirty pretty city takes on Beijing

Paris can ill-afford a further pollution stain on its image, writes Hugh Carnegy

France: Hollande’s appeal

Protests at home against high taxes have pushed the president to promise reforms as his ratings plummet

Uproar over bugging of Sarkozy phone

Squabbling fuels public disenchantment with main parties