Hollande’s Visit Emphasizes Unity between France and US

French President François Hollande travelled to the United States last week for an official State visit at the invitation of President Barack Obama, aiming to symbolize the renewal of French-American relations. Such a visit had not occurred since Former French President Jacques Chirac visited Bill Clinton in 1996. Hollande and Obama published a co-written article […]

Hollande in Holland

By Sarah Brown President Francois Hollande’s trip to the Netherlands last Monday marked the first time a French president has made an official visit to the country in 14 years. It was Hollande in Holland — his first trip abroad since a Jan. 14 press conference at the Elysée, when he announced significant economic changes […]

LJP Youth: Hollande’s Love Affair Inspires a Video Game

Maria Makarova is part of a new initiative called LJP Youth. The LJP team has partnered with the Bilingual School of Marcq-en-Baroeul, a high school in Lille, France, to create a space for young, aspiring journalists to comment on the world around them. We hope you enjoy what they have to say.  Everyone has been following the developments […]

Hollande Gives Press Conference in Corrèze

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 […]

2014: New Deal for President Hollande

What a first couple of weeks! After a disastrous fall, President Hollande decided to take a huge initiative in a master political maneuver – one that some analysts have already dubbed the launch of the President’s re-election campaign. It is possible to say, without exaggerating, that January was the month when Hollande decided to make […]

Stop Making a Fool Outta Me, Valérie: Ségolène Royal’s Public Vindication

I get it.  Your boyfriend’s ex looms over your relationship like the eerie ghost of happy-days-past, and though you’re arguably prettier than she, you’re also bound to be a bit insecure. She doesn’t help things with her “I’m-super-happy-now-and-more-successful-than-ever-without-you” Facebook posts, photos, and Tweets that you’re just sure get under his skin. Sure, he’s happy with […]

A Socialist Vaudeville at La Rochelle

“Courage to Olivier Falorni who has proven himself worthy, who has fought alongside the people of La Rochelle for so many years in a selfless commitment.” It was a simple tweet in support of Ségolène Royal’s opponent, Olivier Falorni, that triggered an uproar in the quiet port of La Rochelle after it was posted Tuesday […]

The First Girlfriend

She is always there in the pictures, shifted lightly. Whether she is just behind the President at the inauguration or with him greeting the French people of Washington before the G8 meeting, Valérie Trierweiler has become a major focus of French media since the election of François Hollande. The French weekly magazine, L’express, devoted last […]