France: no leeway for failure

François Hollande’s budget – the toughest in 30 years – is ameliorative but it is hardly a radical departure. Rigour, austerity and recession are out. Combat, exceptional measures and solidarity are in. With those costume changes, François Hollande has just delivered the toughest budget in 30 years. But he has done what he said he […]
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France: François Hollande’s opportunity | Editorial

French Socialist leader will have some real room to manoeuvre if his party get majority in the national assembly It looks as if François Hollande and the French Socialist party are heading for a dominant position in the country’s political structures exceeding their expectations. The results of the first round of voting for the national […]
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The euro: thunder and lightning | Editorial

Continent-wide spending cuts are not about to be overturned in favour of a raft of policies designed to encourage growth – sadly Thanks must go to the gods of metaphor, for it was presumably they who sent the lightning that forced François Hollande’s plane to turn back mid-journey to Berlin on Tuesday afternoon. This being […]
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Eurozone crisis live:

Greek shares fall nearly 8% at the open while French market is also down 9.14am: Good morning and welcome to our eurozone live blog, which on this public holiday in the UK promises to provide lots of twists and turns following the elections in France and Greece. The prospects of a fight against austerity measures […]
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François Hollande: the change France needs

François Hollande has a rare opportunity to reshape the political landscape in a country whose default position is to the right François Hollande won a stunning victory, not just for himself, as a man who spent much of his career in the shadow of others, nor for France, but for the left in Europe, too. […]
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François Hollande: the change France needs

François Hollande has a rare opportunity to reshape the political landscape in a country whose default position is to the right François Hollande won a stunning victory, not just for himself, as a man who spent much of his career in the shadow of others, nor for France, but for the left in Europe, too. […]
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