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.

Brexit blues at Cameron’s last supper

UK leader greeted with candour and criticism at EU summit farewell

Merkel to UK: Take your time — but don’t call us

German, French and Italian leaders reject informal talks

Merkel at centre of new EU crisis

German chancellor fights to keep what is left of union united

Hollande meets Le Pen to discuss Brexit vote

President gathers France’s most prominent political party leaders for talks

Time to seize this golden chance

Britain’s exit presents an opportunity, with no objections from London, writes Daniela Schwarzer

Hollande does the right thing too late

The president’s latest U-turn shows how perilous his position is, writes Tony Barber

Hollande reverses ban on reform protest

Retreat highlights president’s anxiety over rift with core supporters

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The untold story about NHS and Brexit

Notebook: There is too much to fix to leave Europe to the care of politicians, writes Leyla Boulton

Hollande is to blame for France’s strikes

Many left-leaning citizens really do feel a sense of betrayal, writes Tony Barber

Louvre art evacuated to escape rising Seine

Seven dead in Germany after Europe-wide floods

Hollande has to stand firm

Political infighting should not obscure the case for labour reforms

Old habits die hard for French workers

The conflict shows up the worst aspects of French culture, writes Sudhir Hazareesingh

Verdun centenary evokes spirit of unity

Merkel and Hollande say postwar peace born of Europe co-operation

French union leader takes aim at Hollande

CGT head Martinez thinks president will take blame for strikes

Hollande faces his biggest challenge

France’s current spate of strikes and blockades threatens the economy, writes Hugh Carnegy

Macron pressed to declare candidacy

Economy minister hesitates over willingness to challenge Hollande

Investors need tools to tackle excess pay

François Hollande’s assault on executive remuneration follows a wider trend, writes Delphine Strauss

Hollande backs investors on pay decisions

Companies could be forced to heed shareholder votes

French jobs bill clears final hurdle

Valls survives no-confidence vote over pro-business reform

France to force through jobs bill

Unable to quell rebellion, Hollande decides to override parliament

Montebourg rejoins French political fray

Left-wing former economy minister hints at run for presidency

Hollande woos disaffected to survive

Economic recovery offers France’s unpopular president a glimmer of hope

Eurozone GDP returns to pre-crisis levels

Strong French performance helps single currency area beat growth expectations

Hollande buoyed by plunging unemployment

March drop of 60,000 brings respite to embattled French president

US to send 250 more troops to Syria

Special operations deployment heralds assault on Isis strongholds

Hostile voters grill Hollande on live TV

Disgruntled entrepreneurs and angry youths criticise reforms

French economy minister launches new party

Macron signals his ambition with movement to ‘unblock France’

Hollande forced to drop anti-terror bill

Move ends row over plan that created divisions on right and left

French youth fight ‘Thatcher’ job reforms

Young invoke late British leader over zero-hour contracts, writes Anne-Sylvaine Chassany

Hollande faces flak over Turkey concession

French leader stresses Ankara’s chances of joining EU still remote

Hollande opposes Turkey visa relaxation

French president signals tough negotiations on migrant deal

Hollande’s race to centre baffles France

Labour reform row raises concerns over socialist leader’s strategy

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Brexit: What worries Europe’s richest

What would a UK exit do to your wealth?

Josephe Francois, CEO of the Groupe Max which has over 100 drivers and President of 'Alternative Mobilité'. Photographed for the subject on Uber drivers by Anne-Sylvaine Chassany. Photo Magali Delporte
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Uber: a route out of the French banlieues

Ride-hailing apps have created jobs for Paris’s poorer youth, but a regulatory clampdown looms

EU leaders line up against Brexit

PM draws French and German support to keep Britain in

‘Un Silence Religieux’, by Jean Birnbaum

Journalist’s account of reaction to the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Review by Jonathan Derbyshire

French politicians must embrace literature

Mastering the classics and showing off about it are required skills, writes Anne-Sylvaine Chassany

Cameron’s rocky road to an EU deal

He faced one of his biggest ever tests in tough talks to secure a deal on Britain’s future in the EU

Friends and foes lend Cameron their ears

British leader has spent months building weighty cross-Channel allies

French labour relations tick upwards

EDF’s deal on working hours may give others confidence to negotiate

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