Hollande Gives Press Conference in Corrèze

Hollande emphasized the importance of rural areas and the fight against racism in his New Years' speech.  Illustration by Peter Ansell for La Jeune Politique

Hollande emphasized the importance of rural areas and the fight against racism in his New Years’ speech.
Illustration by Peter Ansell for La Jeune Politique

French President Francois Hollande gave his traditional New Year’s Press Conference to Corrèze, a department in south-central France.

The conference, which took place the weekend of January 11, focused on rural and local government reform as well as economic policy.

Hollande promised that 2014 would be a year of decentralization, and emphasized the importance of rural areas of France such as Corrèze. “Rural areas are not nostalgia—they are assets,” he said.

He also spoke against too much administrative bureaucracy and promised to lead the fight for justice “against all racism” and the equality of all French territories.

The visit proved to be significant in maintaining ties with the department for Hollande, as he served as Corrèze’s President of the General Council from 2008 to 2012. He was also Deputy of the National Assembly for Corrèze’s 1st Constituency from 1997 to 2012.

The conference also aimed to deflect attention from his private life, which has recently come under public scrutiny due to allegations of an affair with French actress Julie Gayet. The first lady, Valerie Trierweiler, was notably absent from the conference. Hollande refused to answer any questions regarding his personal life during the visit.

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