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May 10, 2012

Hollande won’t let Berlin deter his growth drive

PARIS (Reuters) – French president-elect Francois Hollande signaled to Germany on Thursday that he will not be deflected from his drive to change Europe’s focus from austerity to growth after Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected any economic stimulus on credit.

Hollande met Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker in Paris as he tries to rally European partners to support his push to change the focus of euro zone policy.

May 10, 2012

Iggy Pop mellows but not getting in a box yet

PARIS (Reuters) – Punk music pioneer Iggy Pop – famous for onstage mayhem like smearing his sinewy torso with olive oil and diving headfirst into crowds – is mellowing in old age with a solo album of crooning classic covers, half of them in French.

But at 65 years old it’s all part of pushing new boundaries, and making sure he’s not categorized as nothing but a punk icon.

May 7, 2012

Markets, Germany wary as Hollande wins in France

PARIS, May 7 (Reuters) – Francois Hollande’s election as
French president was greeted by jitters on European markets and
a dour front in Berlin where ruling conservatives warned the
Socialist on Monday that Germans were not ready to pay for his
promises of an end to austerity.

With investors spooked by Greek voters’ rejection of parties
which slashed budgets to secure an EU/IMF bailout, festivities
in Paris after Hollande defeated centre-right incumbent Nicolas
Sarkozy on Sunday soon gave way to a grim sense of getting down
to the business of dealing with Europe’s deep economic crisis.

May 7, 2012

Short party for Hollande after French election win

PARIS, May 7 (Reuters) – Francois Hollande faces a short
honeymoon after his election as France’s first left-wing
president in 17 years, with financial markets eager for clear
signals on his policies and how hard he plans to push back
against German-led austerity.

The moderate Socialist beat conservative Nicolas Sarkozy
with 51.7 percent of Sunday’s runoff vote after a bruising
campaign dominated by the same anger over economic crisis that
has felled 10 other European leaders since late 2009.

May 7, 2012

Short honeymoon for Hollande after French election win

PARIS, May 7 (Reuters) – A victorious Francois Hollande
faces a short honeymoon after his election as France’s first
left-wing president in 17 years, with financial markets eager
for clear signals on his policies and how hard he plans to push
back against German-led austerity.

The moderate Socialist beat conservative Nicolas Sarkozy
with 51.7 percent of Sunday’s runoff vote after a bruising
campaign dominated by the same anger over economic crisis that
has felled 10 other European leaders since late 2009.

May 6, 2012

Hollande ousts Sarkozy as French leader

PARIS (Reuters) – Socialist Francois Hollande swept to victory in France’s presidential election on Sunday in a swing to the left at the heart of Europe that could start a pushback against German-led austerity.

Hollande was set to beat conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy by a decisive 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent margin, the TNS-Sofres polling agency said in a projection based on a partial vote count.

May 6, 2012

Socialist Hollande ousts Sarkozy as French leader

PARIS (Reuters) – Socialist Francois Hollande swept to victory in France’s presidential election on Sunday in a swing to the left at the heart of Europe that could start a pushback against German-led austerity.

Hollande was set to beat conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy by a decisive 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent margin, the TNS-Sofres polling agency said in a projection based on a partial vote count.

May 6, 2012

Sarkozy’s sparkle fades in re-election bid

PARIS (Reuters) – Nicolas Sarkozy’s vigor at the podium, his man-of-the-people way of speaking and his impassioned promises of a break with a stagnant past in France swept him to the presidency in 2007.

Yet his popularity ratings slid so fast and so far, as many found him brash and too chummy with the rich once in power, that his frenetic re-election campaign and his promise to govern differently have fallen flat.

May 6, 2012

Voting starts in France, Sarkozy headed for defeat

PARIS (Reuters) – Voting started in mainland France on Sunday in an election that could make Nicolas Sarkozy the 11th European leader to be swept from office by the economic crisis and crown Francois Hollande as France’s first Socialist president in 17 years.

Buoyed by a tide of anger over Sarkozy’s inability to rein in rampant unemployment during his five-year term, Hollande was between four and eight points ahead in final opinion polls for a vote that could mean a shift in direction for Europe.

May 5, 2012

France’s Sarkozy headed for election defeat

PARIS (Reuters) – Nicolas Sarkozy was headed for an election defeat on Sunday that could make him the 11th European leader to be swept from office by the economic crisis and crown Francois Hollande as France’s first Socialist president in 17 years.

Buoyed by a tide of anger over Sarkozy’s inability to rein in rampant unemployment during his five-year term, Hollande was between four and eight points ahead in final opinion polls for a vote that could mean a shift in direction for Europe.

    • About Catherine

      "Catherine is chief correspondent for Reuters France, in charge of political and macroeconomic news, with a focus for 2011 on the G20 presidency, euro zone debt crisis and 2012 election campaign. She has reported from 16 countries for Reuters -- most recently in Latin America as a senior correspondent in Mexico City -- on stories ranging from the Haiti earthquake to the Beijing Olympic Games."
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