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French President Hollande’s first press conference November 13th, 2012

by Véronique Queffélec on novembre 15, 2012


French President François Hollande gave today his first Press Conference since his election. He felt that he must respond to the deteriorating economic situation and the increasing pressure being exerted from Germany on the need to reform.

The President did not announce new measures but used the press conference to clarify his message of reforms within a framework of “social justice”. [click to continue...]

Paris Insight: French presidential election: an overview of the first round’s results and challenges

by Véronique Queffélec on avril 23, 2012


The left block far ahead from the right one

The strategy of the Socialist candidate starts as planned. He won the first round with 28,6% of the votes, less than 2 points ahead of Nicolas Sarkozy (27,2 %). This is the first presidential election that registers such a weak score for the Right (extreme Right excluded), a non-surprise that confirms the “anti-sarkozyst” movement advocated all along the campaign.
The scores of the left candidates total up 43.8% of votes when the right stays behind with a difference of more than 5 points (38.2%), a differential which could prove decisive: to win, the incumbent president must assemble most of the voters of the Centre and the extreme Right, a very complicated gamble…

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