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Pressure on Hollande grows

Persistent negative economic data, unpopular tax hikes and a lack of political success have made François Hollande the most unpopular French president of all time. Can he stay in office and change course despite growing public anger?

Contrepoints - France | Thursday, 12. June 2014

Hollande's pretty words won't help France

French President François Hollande has received considerable praise for his words at the D-Day commemoration ceremony last Friday. But instead of talking about the past he'd do better to tackle the problems of today, blogger Nicolas Nilsen writes in the liberal online magazine Contrepoints: » more

Main focus of Monday, 31. March 2014

The French punish Hollande

France's Socialists have once again suffered massive losses in the second round of the municipal elections on Sunday. According to the most recent projections, the ... » more

MediaPart - France | Thursday, 6. March 2014

New government won't help France

Rumours of an upcoming cabinet shuffle in France have been doing the rounds in recent weeks. The Socialist Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault declared on Thursday that a government with fewer ministers would be more efficient. Nothing but empty speculation, the left-liberal website Mediapart comments: » more

Les Echos - France | Monday, 17. February 2014

France's tax chaos scares away companies

President François Hollande will meet with 34 heads of multinational companies today to present the advantages of France as a business location. All in vain, the liberal daily Les Echos predicts: » more

Le Figaro - France | Monday, 10. February 2014

Hollande on a study trip to the US

France's President François Hollande is currently on a state visit in the US, the first by a French head of state since 1996. Hollande can learn much from the US economy, the conservative daily Le Figaro writes: » more

Ouest France - France | Tuesday, 28. January 2014

Hollande should join forces with companies

The unemployment rate has risen to a record high in France. 3.3 million people were jobless in December, the Labour Ministry announced on Monday. The government needs to join forces with businesses, the regional paper Ouest France argues: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 16. January 2014

Opinion divided on Hollande's reform plans

French President François Hollande has received the support of the European Commission for his reform plans. Praise also came on Wednesday from the French employers' associations, while the unions remained sceptical and some voiced harsh criticism. Commentators are also divided: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 15. January 2014

Hollande embarks on reforms

French President François Hollande wants to revive the country's flagging economy with a reform package. At his press conference on Tuesday, he announced business-friendly measures ... » more

Handelsblatt - Germany | Wednesday, 15. January 2014

Hollande needs to talk turkey

The announced reforms go in the right direction but Hollande still clings to his fainthearted style of government, the liberal business daily Handelsblatt criticises: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 15. January 2014

Hollande not on a par with Blair or Schröder

A change of economic policy is far more difficult to push through in France than in Germany or the UK, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes, and fears that François Hollande hasn't got what it takes: » more

Le Figaro - France | Monday, 6. January 2014

Hollande finally on the right course

In his new year's address, French President François Hollande announced tax cuts and business-friendly measures. The conservative daily Le Figaro encourages the Socialist leader to hold his course: » more

Le Figaro - France | Monday, 25. November 2013

Tax reform is Hollande's last chance

The tax reform announced by French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault last week comes too late and is the French government's last chance, the conservative daily Le Figaro writes: » more

El País - Spain | Thursday, 21. November 2013

Lluís Bassets knows why Hollande is playing the strongman in foreign policy

The nuclear talks with Iran were resumed on Wednesday in Geneva. France once again warned against making too many concessions regarding Iran. This is not the first time that France has slipped into the role of the strongman in foreign policy while its president is under major pressure on the domestic front, Lluís Bassets points out in his blog with the left-liberal daily El País: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 18. November 2013

Hollande leading France to its doom

François Hollande is the most unpopular president in the history of the Fifth Republic. A current survey carried out by the Ifop Institute puts his approval rating at just 20 percent. Hollande will be France's downfall, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera laments: » more

De Tijd - Belgium | Monday, 15. July 2013

Action is what France now needs

On France's national holiday on Sunday, President François Hollande announced to his fellow citizens that economic recovery had already begun. He wants to spur on the population to spend more, comments the business newspaper De Tijd: » more

L'Opinion - France | Monday, 3. June 2013

More taxes won't help France

The French government announced on Monday that tax relief per child will be lowered in a bid to reduce the deficit in the Family Allocations Office and create 275,000 new places at day nurseries. President François Hollande is not only breaking his promise, he's going about things the wrong way, the liberal daily L'Opinion laments: » more

Main focus of Friday, 17. May 2013

Hollande launches Europe offensive

France's struggling President François Hollande called on Thursday for an economic government in the Eurozone. With this offensive Paris risks a dangerous confrontation with Berlin, ... » more

Phileleftheros - Cyprus | Thursday, 16. May 2013

France's president is simply incompetent

No matter how many initiatives Holland comes up with, the first thing he has to do is fight the recession, the liberal daily Phileleftheros admonishes: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Friday, 17. May 2013

Paris sounding out Berlin

In his speech Hollande explained that he wanted to address German calls for a political union. According to the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera this is a ploy by Hollande to find out how serious Germany really is about deepening EU integration: » more

Le Figaro - France | Thursday, 16. May 2013

Nothing but unsuccessful recipes

François Hollande has once again failed to make the best of a good opportunity, the conservative daily Le Figaro writes with an eye to the second major press conference of the president's term in office: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Friday, 17. May 2013

A challenge to Germany

With his package of measures Hollande is maneuvering himself into a corner, the conservative daily Lidové noviny writes: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Thursday, 16. May 2013

Hollande's recipes failed to spur growth

The figures put out by the European statistics office Eurostat on Wednesday show that in the first quarter of this year France's economy contracted for the second time in a row by 0.2 percent . For the conservative daily The Times this confirms that President François Hollande's economic concepts don't work: » more

Le Monde - France | Friday, 10. May 2013

Hollande copying Sarkozy's failures

French President François Hollande announced last week that he would soon reshuffle his cabinet and present an investment plan for the coming ten years. Like his predecessor, Hollande is upping the pressure on his governing team, Françoise Fressoz writes in her blog for the left-liberal daily Le Monde: » more

Les Echos - France | Friday, 3. May 2013

Hollande's crisis policy a washout

French President François Hollande won the presidential election in France exactly one year ago come May 6. The liberal weekly Les Echos doesn't believe he can master the crisis with his policies: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Thursday, 2. May 2013

Paris and Rome divert attention from mistakes

Letta and Hollande stressed on Wednesday in Paris that economic stimulus measures should not be neglected in the bid to balance budgets. The left-liberal daily Der Standard warns the EU partners not to give in to the pressure to change course: » more

Le Figaro - France | Monday, 29. April 2013

Hollande risks the death of Europe

France's Socialists published a policy paper on the weekend in which they severely criticise the crisis policy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Socialists are throwing a spanner in the works of German-French relations, the conservative daily Le Figaro writes: » more

Le Figaro - France | Friday, 26. April 2013

Hollande must declare war on unemployment

France's President must take drastic measures to combat the country's record unemployment, the conservative daily Le Figaro urges: » more

Le Jeudi - Luxembourg | Thursday, 11. April 2013

Hollande must do more to tackle illicit funds

In the wake of the scandal over former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac's undeclared wealth, French President François Hollande has presented a series of measures to counter tax fraud. Among other things he wants to oblige politicians to disclose their assets. The left-liberal daily Le Jeudi feels the move is correct but doesn't go far enough: » more

Libération - France | Wednesday, 10. April 2013

Hollande must launch a moral offensive

The disclosure of information concerning the assets of French politicians ordered by France's President Francois Hollande does not go far enough, the left-liberal daily Libération writes: » more

Ouest France - France | Tuesday, 9. April 2013

Morals alone won't save Hollande

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced on Monday that in reaction to the fraud scandal triggered by ex-budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac, the financial circumstances of all members of government will be made public. This won't be enough to get the country out of its present crisis, the regional newspaper Ouest-France points out: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Sunday, 7. April 2013

Cameron and Hollande under pressure

The British Prime Minister David Cameron wants to canvas for his proposed thoroughgoing EU reforms in the capitals of Europe, and will meet today with French President François Hollande. The two politicians are united by the fact that they both face enormous pressure, the left-liberal daily The Independent writes: » more

Le Figaro - France | Wednesday, 3. April 2013

Cahuzac scandal hurts Hollande

The former French minister Jérôme Cahuzac admitted on Tuesday that, contrary to previous affirmations, he has had a secret Swiss bank account. Cahuzac resigned two weeks ago. The conservative daily Le Figaro believes the affair will permanently damage President Hollande's image: » more

Le Figaro - France | Wednesday, 27. March 2013

France must revolutionise its job market

France's unemployment level has risen to almost 3.2 million, just shy of the absolute record reached in 1997, it was announced on Tuesday. The country needs a radical shake-up, the conservative daily Le Figaro writes: » more

Le Figaro - France | Wednesday, 20. March 2013

French budget minister had to go

The French Minister for the Budget Jérôme Cahuzac resigned on Tuesday because he is currently under investigation for tax fraud. The conservative daily Le Figaro welcomes his decision: » more

Libération - France | Monday, 18. March 2013

Hollande just as autocratic as Sarkozy

The balance of power in French politics is just as lopsided under President François Hollande as it was under his predecessor, the left-liberal daily Libération laments: » more

Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace - France | Wednesday, 20. February 2013

France as keen on reforms as Greece

French President François Hollande visited Greece on Tuesday. But unlike the visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel last year, the event failed to attract much attention from the Greek public. That's above all because all he could bring was pretty words, the regional daily Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace comments: » more

Le Figaro - France | Monday, 11. February 2013

Hollande must admit his electoral lies

French unions are demanding that President François Hollande fulfil his electoral promises and prevent announced factory closures. But it would be better to admit that they were lies and adopt a realistic approach instead, the conservative daily Le Figaro demands: » more


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