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Jun 3, 2012

Analysis: Hollande to tighten grip in French parliament election

PARIS (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande’s Socialists are not surfing towards a landslide victory in parliamentary elections this month, yet a lesser triumph should still permit France’s first left-wing leader in 17 years to rule effectively.

The stakes are high in the contest taking place on June 10 and 17, as the 57-year-old social democrat can only hope to implement his tax-and-spend plans if the left takes control of the lower house National Assembly, as polls predict.

May 30, 2012

French jobless claims hit highest this century

PARIS, May 30 (Reuters) – France had more jobseekers in
April than any time this century as numbers rose for the twelfth
month running, and the labour ministry said it was braced for
more layoffs in the months ahead.

In a stark illustration of the economic challenges facing
new Socialist president Francois Hollande, registered jobless in
mainland France rose by 4,500 to 2.89 million, up 0.1 percent
from March and the highest since September 1999.

May 30, 2012

French jobless claims highest since Sept 1999

PARIS (Reuters) – France had more jobseekers in April than any time this century as numbers rose for the twelfth month running, and the labor ministry said it was braced for more layoffs in the months ahead.

In a stark illustration of the economic challenges facing new Socialist president Francois Hollande, registered jobless in mainland France rose by 4,500 to 2.89 million, up 0.1 percent from March and the highest since September 1999.

May 17, 2012

France’s left-wing leadership starts with a pay cut

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s new left-wing government started work on Thursday with pledges to combat excessive austerity but better manage public finances, marking the debut with a 30 percent cut in pay for President Francois Hollande and all ministers.

The sizeable wage reduction was endorsed at a first meeting of the 34-minister team, a day after Germany’s government awarded rises to its ministers and Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose pay will overtake Hollande’s.

May 17, 2012

Hollande taps old hands, new faces for French government

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande named a government dominated by moderate left-wingers on Wednesday after Socialist Party boss Martine Aubry, overlooked for the post of prime minister, said she no longer wanted to be part of the new cabinet.

Hollande, sworn in on Tuesday as France’s first Socialist president in 17 years, named Pierre Moscovici as finance minister and Laurent Fabius as foreign minister, key posts under Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, like them a social democrat.

May 16, 2012

Hollande taps old hands, new faces for French govt

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande named a government dominated by moderate left-wingers on Wednesday after Socialist Party boss Martine Aubry, overlooked for the post of prime minister, said she no longer wanted to be part of the new cabinet.

Hollande, sworn in on Tuesday as France’s first Socialist president in 17 years, named Pierre Moscovici as finance minister and Laurent Fabius as foreign minister, key posts under Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, like them a social democrat.

May 16, 2012

Hollande govt to be dominated by moderates, Aubry out

PARIS, May 16 (Reuters) – The government of France’s new
President Francois Hollande is likely to be dominated by
moderate social democrats after party leader Martine Aubry,
overlooked for the prime minister’s role, said on Wednesday she
would not be in the cabinet.

Aubry, daughter of former European Commission president
Jacques Delors and on the left of the Socialist Party, who was
once tipped to be its candidate in the presidential election,
made it clear she was unhappy to accept a consolation post.

May 16, 2012

France’s Hollande to give moderates key cabinet jobs

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande is to unveil his government on Wednesday, likely to opt for moderate social democrats in the key posts of finance and foreign affairs and put a more old school Socialist in charge of a new super ministry for youth and education.

The cabinet, due to be announced in early afternoon, is expected to respect gender parity and reflect Hollande’s pledge to make schools and youth employment a central priority of his administration.

May 16, 2012

Hollande gets stormy welcome to power

PARIS (Reuters) – Francois Hollande was greeted by a thunderstorm in Paris and storm clouds gathering over the euro zone as France’s first Socialist president in 17 years was sworn in on Tuesday before flying to Berlin to plead his case for less austerity in Europe.

Hollande’s first day in power was marred by a downpour as he rode by open-top car through Paris to mark his investiture, and lightning that hit his presidential jet, forcing him to make a U-turn en route to Germany and switch to a smaller Falcon jet.

May 15, 2012

France’s Hollande gets stormy welcome to power

PARIS (Reuters) – Francois Hollande was greeted by a thunderstorm in Paris and storm clouds gathering over the euro zone as France’s first Socialist president in 17 years was sworn in on Tuesday before flying to Berlin to plead his case for less austerity in Europe.

Hollande’s first day in power was marred by a downpour as he rode by open-top car through Paris to mark his investiture, and lightning that hit his presidential jet, forcing him to make a U-turn en route to Germany and switch to a smaller Falcon jet.