Hollande Seeks to Rally Support at Press Conference

François Hollande, facing approval ratings of roughly 25%, the lowest of any French president over the past 50 years, and opposition from within his own party, tried to rally support in a press conference last Thursday, May 16. Since his election last year, Hollande’s poll ratings have steadily declined, apart from a brief boost following […]

Is the Rise of the Euro Hurting European Economies?

On Tuesday, February 5 French President Francois Hollande expressed his complaint over an overvalued euro that does not represent the current state of the economy, claiming it is hurting the French.  During his speech Hollande asked the European Parliament to commit to reform of the currency that is currently at $1.35, a 12 percent increase […]

On His Way to Asia, Hollande Makes Two Stops in the Middle East

French President François Hollande visited Beirut, Lebanon and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on his way to an Asia-Europe summit in Laos in light of last week’s eurozone economic crisis.  His decision to stop in Beirut came last minute when Wissam al-Hassan was assassinated by a bombing, an intelligence chief of police who was awarded just last […]