Francois Hollande

Boris Johnson compares French president to WWII prison guard

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Wednesday compared Francois Hollande to a World War II prison guard after warnings by the French president that Britain could be punished in Brexit negotiations.

Hollande to Trump: Europe doesn't need "outside advice"

French President Francois Hollande rejected remarks by US president-elect Donald Trump on the future of the European Union, saying the bloc does not need lessons from abroad.

Attacks in Baghdad and Samarra overshadow Hollande visit

Some 35 people were killed Monday in a suicide attack in Baghdad claimed by Islamic State, an official said, overshadowing a visit by French President Francois Hollande who offered to step up support for Iraq's campaign against the militants.

Hollande predicts Mosul victory "in weeks" as Baghdad blast kills 12

French President Francois Hollande said that he thought Iraqi forces would recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State within weeks while on a visit to Baghdad on Monday.

Suicide blast hits Baghdad suburb as Hollande meets Iraqi leaders

A suicide attacker blew himself up on Monday in the mainly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City, killing a number of people, security forces said.

Merkel and Hollande talk Ukraine, Syria ahead of EU leaders' meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that talks with French President Francois Hollande in Berlin on Tuesday would allow the two to prepare for a European leaders' summit on topics like the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

Rock bottom in polls, France's Hollande rules out bid for re-election

French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that he will not stand for a second term in next year's election, amid the lowest approval ratings of any president in modern French history.

Top French leaders fighting for Elysee not an option, says spokesman

A presidential primary contest between the top two sitting French leaders is impossible to imagine, said the French government spokesman Monday as the president and the prime minister mull bids in 2017.

Obama meets embattled EU leaders against backdrop of Trump win

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday hosted a meeting of European leaders with outgoing US President Barack Obama, who was on his last trip to the continent before handing over to president-elect Donald Trump early next year.

Paris can host safe 2024 Olympics, Hollande tells IOC

Paris can put on a secure 2024 Summer Games if it is chosen as the host city, French President Francois Hollande said Sunday after meeting with International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach.

Hollande sharpens approach to "unacceptable" migrant camps in Calais

Makeshift migrant camps that are housing thousands of people near the northern French port city of Calais will be "definitively" dismantled, President Francois Hollande vowed Monday during a visit to the region.

Italy's Renzi fed up with useless EU summits, demands real action

The European Union cannot keep holding meaningless summits that take no real decisions, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Saturday, a day after blasting the bloc's latest get-together.

Hollande: EU ready to ratify Paris climate deal as soon as possible

EU leaders pledged Friday to press ahead with the ratification of the Paris agreement on climate change, with a view to bringing the bloc on board before the deal takes effect, French President Francois Hollande said following talks in Bratislava.

France's Hollande rejects nationwide burkini ban

French President Francois Hollande on Thursday rejected the idea of a new law to ban the burkini, the full-body bathing suit designed for conservative Muslim women.

Croatia's Vesna Pusic named Knight of the French Legion of Honour

The honour also acknowledged Pusic's contribution to cooperation between France and Croatia.

Hollande announces aircraft deal; pledges naval support for Vietnam

French President Francois Hollande announced a multi-billion dollar aviation deal and pledged support for right of passage in the South China Sea during a state visit to Vietnam on Tuesday.

French prosecutor requests trial for Sarkozy over campaign funds

The French prosecutor's office said on Monday that former president Nicolas Sarkozy should be tried in court over accusations that he exceeded the legal limit for spending in his failed 2012 election campaign.

Merkel, Renzi, Hollande meet to revive EU dream after Brexit shock

The leaders of Germany, France and Italy flew to a tiny Mediterranean island on Monday to honour a founding father of the European Union before brainstorming on the bloc's present-day crises, including migration, terrorism and Brexit.

EU president to meet Merkel, May, others ahead of Brexit summit

EU President Donald Tusk has scheduled meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister Theresa May and other leaders ahead of a September summit on the implications of Brexit.

Hollande hopes terrorism will be defeated by 2024 Olympics

The global terrorism risk will hopefully have reduced by the 2024 Olympics, French President Francois Hollande said Friday as he tried to dispel security concerns about France's bid to host the Games in Paris.

Media: Hollande says Trump's soldier comments are sickening

French President Francois Hollande said the "excesses" of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are "vomit-inducing," news agency AFP reported.

Hollande says hostage-takers pledged allegiance to Islamic State

French President Francois Hollande said that a hostage-taking Tuesday at a church in Upper Normandy was carried out "by two terrorists claiming to be followers of Islamic State."

Hollande to May: No access to single market without other freedoms

French President Francois Hollande says that Britain cannot have access to the single market without also respecting the other key freedoms of the European Union.

French president says around 50 people still "between life and death"

French President Francois Hollande has said that around 50 people are in critical condition, still "between life and death" after an attack in the southern city of Nice.

Hollande wants to give EU "new momentum" on European tour

Following Britain's referendum to exit the European Union, French President Francois Hollande wants give the EU "new momentum."

Brexit won't affect Western Balkan's EU membership prospects

Great Britain's exit from the European Union should not bring into question the EU membership prospects of Western Balkan countries, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande said in Paris on Monday.

French, British leaders meet on old battlefield as new rifts open

French and British leaders met Friday at a moment of European splintering to remember the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and pay tribute to their soldiers who shared trenches.

EU leaders exclude Cameron, attempt to show united front post-Brexit

Britain was excluded from European Union summit talks for the first time in more than 40 years on Wednesday as the bloc's other 27 members discussed how to react to London's shock decision to exit the EU.

Hollande: Future of EU hangs in balance with British referendum

French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that the future of the Europe Union is at stake in Britain's vote on whether or not to leave the union.

French president calls police killing "incontestably" a terrorist act

French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that the killing of a police commander and his companion, who worked at a police station, by a man allegedly pledging allegiance to Islamic State was "incontestably a terrorist act."

Dozens of countries gather for Middle East peace conference in Paris

Diplomats from nearly 30 countries were meeting in Paris on Friday to begin talks on peace in the Middle East

Hollande says context of Middle East peace talks have changed

French President Francois Hollande says the context of Middle East peace talks have changed, with extremism and conflict widespread.

German, French youth commemorate Battle of Verdun, 100 years later

Pulling and pushing each other, arms locked in mock combat, 4,000 young people from France and Germany created a tribute Sunday to the soldiers who fought at Verdun during World War I.

German, French leaders mark 100 years since WWI's Battle of Verdun

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande met Sunday at the site of one of the bloodiest battles of World War I, marking 100 years since the campaign claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.

Missing Egyptair plane with 66 people on board crashed, Hollande says

A Egyptair passenger plane carrying 66 people that went missing Thursday over the Mediterranean while en route from Paris to Cairo crashed, French President Francois Hollande said.

Hollande: Boko Haram a threat despite “impressive” counterterrorism

Nigeria has made “impressive” military gains against Boko Haram, French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday, while adding that the Islamist terrorist group still poses a great threat to West Africa’s biggest economy.

France demands deal on third Greek bailout be reached next week

French President Francois Hollande wants an agreement on Greece's third bailout to be reached by eurozone finance ministers next week, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

Hollande: France cannot accept US-EU trade deal in current state

French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that his country at this stage "says no" to a free trade deal between the United States and the European Union that is being negotiated behind closed doors.

Hollande raises Regeni case at talks with Egyptian president

“I discussed with President al-Sissi the murder of Regeni in Cairo as there are many questions regarding this and other incidents,” Hollande said at a joint press conference with the Egyptian leader in Cairo.

Hollande makes solidarity visit to Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon

French President Francois Hollande toured a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon on Sunday, in a show of solidarity for the refugees and their host country.

French president vies for support on television debate

French President Francois Hollande made a case for his leadership Thursday during a televised debate in which he fielded questions on migration, religious extremism and labour reforms while trying to impress gains made in the first four years of his term.

Hollande says divisive labour reforms will not be withdrawn

French President Francois Hollande says controversial labour legislation put forward by his government, that has sparked weeks of protest, will not be withdrawn.

Hollande, Merkel back Libya stabilization to avoid new migrant surge

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for efforts to stabilize Libya on Thursday, warning that renewed chaos in the nation could spark a fresh wave of refugees risking their lives to reach Europe.

Hollande receives Merkel to discuss refugee crisis, terrorism

The refugee crisis and efforts to fight terrorism dominated a meeting between France's President Francois Hollande and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel in the northeastern French city of Metz on Thursday.

Hollande and Merkel to discuss refugee crisis, terrorism

The refugee crisis and efforts to fight terrorism will dominate a meeting between French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the town of Metz on Thursday.

French president abandons constitutional reforms aimed at terrorism

French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that he will stop pursuing a set of constitutional reforms aimed at fighting terrorism, due to political opposition and disagreement between the two houses of parliament.

Hollande says Euro 2016 will demonstrate unity in face of hate

French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that the European football championships in France this summer will be a "way of responding" to terrorist attacks that have placed the country on high alert.

French president: "We are faced with a global threat"

French President Francois Hollande says, "we are faced with a global threat," after the terrorist attacks in Brussels.

Hollande: Terrorism threat remains "very high" in Belgium, France

The threat of terrorism remains "very high" in both France and Belgium, French President Francois Hollande says.

France will seek extradition of Salah Abdeslam, Hollande says

French President Francois Hollande says he expects that French authorities will ask Belgium for the extradition of Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the Paris terrorist attacks.

Hollande warns against concessions to seal EU-Turkey migration plan

French President Francois Hollande said Saturday after meeting with Social Democrats from across Europe that the bloc should not rush to concessions to strike a controversial deal with Turkey on migration.

Hollande, Merkel say solution to migration crisis must be European

French and German leaders said Friday that they were committed to securing Europe's external borders to control the flow of people fleeing their homes and seeking refuge in the bloc.

Hollande and Merkel call on Kremlin to support Syria ceasefire

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande call on Russia to exert pressure on the Syrian regime to uphold a ceasefire in the country.

Hollande, Merkel to meet in Paris ahead of EU-Turkey migration summit

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are set to meet in Paris Friday at 10:15 am local time (0915 GMT), just three days ahead of a planned EU-Turkey summit on migration.

Hollande and Cameron seek solution for underage migrants at Calais

British Premier David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande on Thursday discussed reuniting underage migrants at Calais with their families in Britain.

Hollande to meet with Merkel before EU summit with Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with French President Francois Hollande in the lead-up to a European Union summit with Turkey, the Elysee Palace announced Tuesday.

Hollande: External borders should be protected to preserve Schengen

French President Francois Hollande says its necessary to put into place a European plan, including a coastguard system, to handle the influx of migrants and protect open borders within the bloc.

Merkel, Tsipras and Hollande to discuss refugee crisis in Brussels

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras are meeting in Brussels on Friday to discuss the inflow of migrants in Europe, which may back up in Greece as the main route to Europe is slowly shut down.

Merkel discusses EU hurdles with Hollande in Strasbourg

German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with French President Francois Hollande in Strasbourg on Sunday to discuss the current risks posed to unity in the European Union.

Europe's rights watchdog warns France over state of emergency

The head of Europe's top human rights watchdog has warned French President Francois Hollande against overreaching executive powers by extending a state of emergency.

India, France move to close major jet deal, 13 other pacts

India signed an inter-governmental pact on Monday to buy 36 fighter aircraft from France, with the financial aspects of the deal still to be decided in final negotiations.

Hollande: France will not be deterred by terrorist threats in video

France will not be intimidated by terrorist threats, President Francois Hollande said Monday, vowing to strike Islamic State "time and again" after a video circulated online reportedly showed militants training before recent attacks on Paris.

Rafale jet deal may take more time, Hollande hints on India visit

Negotiations with India on the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft built by French company Dassault may take time to conclude, French President Francois Hollande indicated Sunday.

French president in India to discuss terrorism, jet sales, energy

French President Francois Hollande arrived in India Sunday for a three-day visit during which counter-terrorism, clean energy and a multi-billion dollar jet deal are to be discussed.

Hollande unveils plan to spur sluggish French economy

French President Francois Hollande unveiled Monday a series of plans to kickstart his country's struggling economy, including 2-billion-euro (2.18-billion-dollar) proposal to train people for jobs and fight unemployment.

Paris falls silent in commemoration of terrorist attack victims

A week of commemoration for the victims of terrorism in Paris last year culminated on Sunday with a minute's silence during an emotional ceremony in the French capital.

Security in focus as Hollande marks year since Charlie Hebdo attacks

The question of how secure France is will be the focus of a speech Thursday when President Francois Hollande speaks to commemorate a year since the deadly Islamist attacks against satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Memorials unveiled as Hollande remembers Charlie Hebdo victims

Paris stopped to remember the victims of three days of violence in January 2015 that started with the attacks on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

U.S., France agree to scale up fight against Islamic State

French warplanes were ready on the runway when the word came from Washington that Obama had decided against action.

Croatian president extends condolences to French counterpart

Grabar-Kitarovic lit a candle, laid flowers and signed a book of condolence at the French Embassy in Zagreb, the President's Office said.