Francois Hollande http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/20852/all en Happy 600th Birthday, Joan of Arc http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/happy-600th-birthday-joan-arc <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> French presidential candidates rush to claim the Maid of Orleans for themselves </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> What a useful coincidence. France is in the midst of a presidential election season (first round of voting is in April) and Joan of Arc turns 600 today.</p> <p> There is no one like her in French history as <a href="http:// http://www.lemonde.fr/election-presidentielle-2012/article/2012/01/05/a-qui-appartient-jeanne-d-arc_1626175_1471069.html#ens_id=1556164">Le Monde</a> notes, &quot;The name Joan of Arc is one of the six most common street names in France. The Maid of Orleans is the only medieval figure known by all French people.&quot;</p> <p> What better way to get headlines and score points with the voters for prospective candidates than to honor this unique symbol of France?</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/happy-600th-birthday-joan-arc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> France Inter Francois Hollande Francois Mitterand French Resistance Home Joan of Arc Le Monde Liberation Louis XIV Maid of Orleans Marine Le Pen National Front Nicolas Sarkozy Regions Socialist Party Vichy government Vosges mountains World War II France Europe Europa GlobalPost Blogs Fri, 06 Jan 2012 08:44:59 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5686185 at http://www.globalpost.com Sarkozy and Merkel hold special meeting http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europe/sarkozy-and-merkel-hold-special-meeting <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> French President makes his close relationship with Merkel a campaign issue. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Say this about French President Nicolas <span data-scayt_word="Sarkozy" data-scaytid="1">Sarkozy</span>, he takes risks. 80 days before he stands for re-election he held a cabinet meeting and invited a guest to attend: German Chancellor Angela Merkel. It is their <span data-scayt_word="14th" data-scaytid="2">14th</span> joint meeting - giving new meaning to the term &quot;special relationship.&quot;&nbsp; Merkel said it was&nbsp; &quot;quite <span data-scayt_word="noram" data-scaytid="3">noram</span>&quot; for her to be involved in the French presidential election campaign.</p> <p> The BBC has a full report <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-1690717">here</a>.</p> <p> <span data-scayt_word="Sarkozy's" data-scaytid="5">Sarkozy&#39;s</span> close alliance with Merkel has become a serious issue in the election campaign. Marine Le Pen, leader of the ultra-right National Front is running on a platform of taking France out of the euro. She is running a credible third in recent opinion polls. Socialist Francois <span data-scayt_word="Hollande" data-scaytid="6">Hollande</span> is leading <span data-scayt_word="Sarkozy" data-scaytid="4">Sarkozy</span> and he too is taking a very anti-Europe line as arch euro-skeptic, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, gleefully <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/9062509/French-socialists-Latin-revolt-against-Germany.html">wrote</a> in today&#39;s Daily Telegraph:</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europe/sarkozy-and-merkel-hold-special-meeting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Angela Merkel euro France Francois Hollande French presidential elections Germany Home Marine Le Pen Nicolas Sarkozy France Europe Germany On Europe Europa GlobalPost Blogs Mon, 06 Feb 2012 16:56:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5690560 at http://www.globalpost.com Sarkozy's in. But can he win? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/france/120215/sarkozys-can-he-win The president has proved to be a feisty campaigner. His immediately launched an attack on Hollande’s “unrealistic” plans to respond to the debt crisis by taxing banks and the rich while hiring more state employees. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/france/120215/sarkozys-can-he-win" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Francois Hollande Nicolas Sarkozy World Leaders Debt Crisis Elections France Wed, 15 Feb 2012 21:29:37 +0000 Paul Ames 5691919 at http://www.globalpost.com Marine Le Pen, of France's far-right, may miss ballot http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/france/120216/marine-le-pen-far-right-candidate-might-leave-french-race Marine Le Pen has sought to improve the party’s respectability among mainstream voters since replacing her father Jean-Marie Le Pen as leader last year. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/france/120216/marine-le-pen-far-right-candidate-might-leave-french-race" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Francois Hollande French elections 2012 Marine Le Pen Nicolas Sarkozy World Leaders Elections France Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:08:32 +0000 Paul Ames 5692020 at http://www.globalpost.com Francois Hollande, French Socialist leader, visits sixth biggest French city: London http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/france/120229/french-socialist-leader-visits-sixth-biggest-french-city- <p> French presidential frontrunner, Francois Hollande, visited London Wednesday on his first foreign trip as leader of the Socialist party.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/france/120229/french-socialist-leader-visits-sixth-biggest-french-city-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> France Francois Hollande Elections France Europe Wed, 29 Feb 2012 23:46:32 +0000 Alexander Besant 5694145 at http://www.globalpost.com France: National Front's Marine Le Pen allowed to run for president after winning endorsements http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/france/120313/national-front-marine-le-pen-allowed-run-president "I will be running in the presidential election," Le Pen tweeted. "The system that wanted to stop me just lost a battle."<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/france/120313/national-front-marine-le-pen-allowed-run-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Francois Hollande Marine Le Pen Nicolas Sarkozy Elections France Politics Tue, 13 Mar 2012 12:32:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5695839 at http://www.globalpost.com Toulouse murders: the end game leads to more questions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europe/toulouse-murders-the-end-game-leads-more-questions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The suspect is cornered. As I write this it seems only a matter of time before he either gives himself up or ends things in a suicide by cop action.</p> <p> But it is clear that this event is, in the words of French political commentator Agnes Poirier, &quot;France&#39;s 7/7.&quot; July 7th, 2005 was the day jihadi suicide bombers killed more than 50 people in London.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europe/toulouse-murders-the-end-game-leads-more-questions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 7/7 Francois Hollande Home jihadis Mohammed Merah Nicolas Sarkozy Toulouse France Europe On Europe Europa GlobalPost Blogs Wed, 21 Mar 2012 18:07:05 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5697063 at http://www.globalpost.com Marine Le Pen to abstain in French presidential vote http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/france/120501/marine-le-pen-abstain-french-presidential-election <p> &quot;I will give neither trust nor a mandate to these two candidates,&quot; Le Pen told a rally in central Paris today. &quot;On Sunday, I&#39;ll vote blank.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/france/120501/marine-le-pen-abstain-french-presidential-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Francois Hollande Marine Le Pen Nicolas Sarkozy Elections France Politics Tue, 01 May 2012 12:37:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5702689 at http://www.globalpost.com Chatter: France gets a new president http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/chatter/chatter-france-gets-new-president Francois Hollande has been sworn in as the new president of France.</p> <p> He was inaugurated at the Elysee in Paris this morning, becoming the first Socialist in 17 years to occupy the presidential palace. But he&#39;ll barely have time to collect the keys before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.</p><p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/chatter/chatter-france-gets-new-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Angela Merkel Francois Hollande Greece World Leaders France Europe Chatter Tue, 15 May 2012 10:49:40 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5704269 at http://www.globalpost.com Chatter: Mr Hollande goes to Afghanistan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/chatter/chatter-mr-hollande-goes-afghanistan France's new president makes a surprise stop in Kabul, Spain prepares to bail out a bank... again, and flying as a fat person just got a lot more comfortable.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/chatter/chatter-mr-hollande-goes-afghanistan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan War Francois Hollande World Leaders France Military Chatter Fri, 25 May 2012 09:56:48 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5705582 at http://www.globalpost.com French to raise top tax rate to shocking 75% http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/france/120803/francois-hollande-top-tax Francois Hollande, the newly elected socialist president of France, looks set to achieve one of his main campaign goals and will impose a 75% tax rate on people earning more than $1.23 million per year, reports the Washington Post. It's thought that the tax, which is a marked increase from the previous rate of 48%, will be implemented by next year, according to AFP.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/france/120803/francois-hollande-top-tax" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Francois Hollande World Leaders Debt Crisis France Fri, 03 Aug 2012 18:28:00 +0000 Samuel Blackstone, Business Insider 5714846 at http://www.globalpost.com Hollande says he will fix French economy in two years http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/france/120910/hollande-says-he-will-fix-french-economy-two-years Hollande won May's election with 51.6 percent of votes. Recently his ratings slid below 50 percent. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/france/120910/hollande-says-he-will-fix-french-economy-two-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Francois Hollande France Europe Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:28:00 +0000 Daniel DeFraia 5718717 at http://www.globalpost.com France: 75 percent "millionaires' tax" declared unconstitutional http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/france/121229/france-75-percent-millionaires-tax-overturned-constitutio President François Hollande's so-called "millionaires' tax," which would have imposed a 75-percent tax rate on France's top earners, has been declared unconstitutional.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/france/121229/france-75-percent-millionaires-tax-overturned-constitutio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Francois Hollande France Sat, 29 Dec 2012 16:49:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5730573 at http://www.globalpost.com Elysee Treaty: France and Germany celebrate 50 years of friendship http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/130122/elysee-treaty-france-germany-celebrate-50-years-friendship Despite the professions of friendship, the anniversary falls at a tense time for the allies.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/130122/elysee-treaty-france-germany-celebrate-50-years-friendship" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Angela Merkel Francois Hollande Need to Know World Leaders Diplomacy France Europe Germany Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:31:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5737722 at http://www.globalpost.com Thousands of French households taxed over 100% http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/political-risk/130520/france-taxes-wealthy-francois-hollande-nicolas-sarkozy-millionaires-tax <p>More than 8,000 French households&#39; tax bills topped 100 percent of their income in 2012, according to a French newspaper report. Citing data from France&#39;s finance ministry, the <a class="inline_asset" href="http://www.reuters.com/finance?lc=int_mb_1001" target="_self">business</a> newspaper <em>Les Echos</em> reported on Friday that in addition to those taxed at over 100 percent last year, almost 12,000 households paid taxes worth more than 75 percent of their 2011 income and that a further 9,910 households were taxed at more than 85 percent of their income.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/political-risk/130520/france-taxes-wealthy-francois-hollande-nicolas-sarkozy-millionaires-tax" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Francois Hollande Want to Know France Political Risk Mon, 20 May 2013 19:05:00 +0000 Holly Ellyatt, CNBC 5842055 at http://www.globalpost.com