2012 French Elections
PARIS - The woman who spent some 25 years with French President Francois Hollande has hit back at Hollande's current partner for snubbing her in a Twitter message many consider the first major faux-pas of his debut in office.
As it happened: French election night
PARIS - France's Socialist Party is set to win an outright majority in a parliamentary election on Sunday, in a result that would spare President Francois Hollande the need to rely on the support of hardline leftists hostile to European integration, a poll published on Thursday showed.
PARIS - France's Socialist party and its left-wing allies are on course to win a majority in the second round of parliamentary elections on Sunday, according to a poll published on Friday.
HENIN-BEAUMONT, France - For a glimpse into the possible future of European politics in an age of economic despair, look to the French town of Henin-Beaumont, where a firebrand leftist is taking on far-right chief Marine Le Pen for a parliamentary seat in her home district.
CHICAGO - New French president Francois Hollande likes to style himself as "Mr. Normal," but his sudden debut on the global stage this week has been anything but.
PARIS - The presidency under its belt, France's Socialist Party is set to beat the conservative UMP in June parliamentary elections but may fall short of a majority strong enough to give President Francois Hollande a completely free hand to pass legislation.
PARIS - The fate of a struggling small French mortgage lender will be the first banking test for President Francois Hollande, as he attempts to deliver on campaign promises of economic growth and tougher financial regulation.
PARIS - The French find their new first lady, Valerie Trierweiler, to be down-to-earth compared to her former supermodel predecessor, but distant, a poll released on Friday said.
HENIN-BEAUMONT, France - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen took a commanding lead in the first round of a legislative election on Sunday, raising the prospect of a seat in parliament for her anti-immigrant party as her arch-foe, firebrand leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon, bowed out.
WASHINGTON - The top housing regulator rebuffed a plan by the Obama administration to cut mortgages held by struggling homeowners, a blow to the White House, which is keen to show voters it can help fix the housing market.
profiles: hollande and sarkozy
PARIS - The man who wants to be France's "Mr Normal" president, has stopped going to work by scooter but tells voters he will still take the train and do the family shopping once elected - at least "if the fridge is empty". Profile