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  • France • Francois Hollande • Elections
    Roger Liddle - 08 May 2012
    Hollande believes in fiscal discipline. His victory is no repeat of Mitterrand’s turn to the left in 1981.
  • France • Parti Socialiste • Europe
    Benjamin Senes - 05 May 2012
    Leading with strategic prudence and steadfastness, Francois Hollande has run the most centrist campaign in the history of the French left.
  • Francois Hollande • Europe • Institutional reform
    Olaf Cramme - 02 May 2012
    Hostility towards the EU has moved from the fringes to the centre. Even Francois Hollande’s most ambitious growth pact will not change this.
  • Marine Le Pen • Nicholas Sarkozy • Elections
    Gilles Ivaldi & Jocelyn Evans - 30 April 2012
    The spectre of a  ‘schwarz-blau’ coalition looms as Marine Le Pen takes aim at the mainstream right.
  • Renaud Thillaye - 26 April 2012
    Can Hollande bridge the socio-economic anger of “la France invisible” and vested interests of upper middle-class “insiders” and civil servants?
  • Renaud Thillaye - 12 April 2012
    Everyone is telling Hollande to flirt with the surging Melenchon, but why is he not looking to Bayrou?
  • Gilles Ivaldi & Jocelyn Evans - 22 March 2012
    French elections may be swung by an anti-Sarkozy referendum. But national security questions and aggressive campaigning are testing Hollande.
  • Olaf Cramme - 13 March 2012
    The trend towards the Europeanisation of domestic politics may see the emergence of a genuine debate between left and right at the EU level.
  • Kristian Madsen - 01 February 2012
    Helle Thorning-Schmidt missed an opportunity to become a strong if lonely progressive voice at the European top-table.
  • Gilles Ivaldi & Jocelyn Evans - 31 January 2012
    Hollande may succeed in a volatile electoral environment; but victory could be a sobering ordeal.

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