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Election clock ticking for France's fumbling Hollande

Paris - After a blistering week in which French President Francois Hollande made a humiliating U-turn on anti-terror measures and faced massive protests over labour reforms, his prospects for re-election next year look increasingly bleak.

Hollande: Paris, Brussels jihadist network 'being destroyed', others remain

Paris - The jihadist network behind the Paris and Brussels attacks are "in the process of being destroyed" but others remain, warned French President Francois Hollande on Friday.

Hollande expects Abdeslam extradition 'as quickly as possible'

Brussels - French President Francois Hollande said he expected the extradition of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam "as quickly as possible" following his capture Friday in Belgium.

Hollande urges better ties between French security services

Paris - President Francois Hollande called on Wednesday for better cooperation between French security services to prevent terror attacks, a year after the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris.

France 'not finished with terrorism' says Hollande

Paris - President Francois Hollande said in his New Year's Eve address to the nation Thursday that France "has not finished with terrorism yet".

'Still difficulties' in climate talks: President Hollande

Paris - French President Francois Hollande said Thursday there were "still difficulties" in the climate talks in Paris, especially on financing. "There are still difficulties, we are aware of them, on financing...

French president has best ratings since 2012 after Paris attacks: poll

Paris - French President Francois Hollande's ratings zoomed up to 50 percent, the best since 2012, following his hardline response against jihadists after the Paris attacks, a poll showed Tuesday.

France's Hollande slams 'scandalous' Paris climate protest clashes

Brussels - French President Francois Hollande on Sunday condemned the "scandalous" behaviour of far-left activists who clashed with riot police in an area dedicated for memorials to the Paris attacks ahead of key UN climate talks.

French President Hollande arrives in Washington: AFP reporter

Washington - President Francois Hollande of France arrived Tuesday for talks with US President Barack Obama on how to confront the threat posed by the Islamic State group in the wake of the Paris attacks.

France to step up anti-IS bombing after Paris attacks: Hollande

Versailles - President Francois Hollande said Monday France would step up the battle against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria in the wake of Paris attacks he dubbed "acts of war".

Paris attacks planned in Syria, organised in Belgium: Hollande

Versailles - The Paris attacks were decided in Syria, prepared in Belgium and perpetrated with French help, French President Francois Hollande said Monday.Friday's "acts of war...

Three days' mourning in France after Paris attacks: Hollande

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Saturday declared three days of national mourning following the deadly Paris attacks.

French president blames Islamic State group for Paris attacks

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Saturday blamed the Islamic State group for the attacks in Paris that left at least 128 dead, calling them an "act of war".The multiple attacks across the city late Friday were "an act of war...

France declares state of emergency after terror attacks

Paris - French President Francois Hollande said Friday he had declared a state of emergency across the country after simultaneous attacks in Paris left at least 39 people dead.

Hollande did not suggest Assad-Free Syrian Army alliance: Aide

Strasbourg - French President Francois Hollande did not suggest forming an alliance between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces and the moderate opposition Free Syrian Army, an aide said Wednesday, contradicting comments by Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

'Too late' for world if no climate deal in Paris: France

New York - Reaching a successful climate deal in Paris at the end of the year is the last chance to save the planet, France warned the United Nations Monday.Without "this decision in Paris...

Still 'lots of work' for climate deal: Hollande

New York - French President Francois Hollande said Sunday that more work was needed to seal a climate agreement at a high-stakes UN conference in Paris at the end of the year.

Syrian political process must be revived: Cameron and Hollande

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande agreed that a political process in Syria must be revived, a source close to the French president said.

No European country 'can be exempt' from taking in refugees: Hollande

Tanger - No European country can get out of taking in refugees who have the right to asylum, French President Francois Hollande said Sunday, amid a growing row over how to fairly distribute a massive influx of migrants across the continent.

Hollande warns against 'dangers' facing Schengen

Paris - French President Francois Hollande warned Thursday that a failure to resolve the refugee crisis would put the borderless Schengen zone "in danger".

France 'must prepare for other attacks': Hollande

Paris - President Francois Hollande warned Tuesday that France must brace for further attacks, just days after a potential bloodbath on a train was foiled by passengers."We are still exposed," Hollande told diplomats gathered in Paris.

Hollande 'to give France's highest award to train heroes on Monday'

Paris - French President Francois Hollande will present three Americans and a Briton with the country's top Legion d'Honneur medal on Monday in recognition of their bravery in stopping a gunman on a packed train, an Elysee source said.

'No difficulty' for France to find Mistral buyers: Hollande

Egypt - French President Francois Hollande said Thursday there would be "no difficulty" in finding new buyers for two Mistral warships that had been intended for Russia before Paris scrapped the deal.

France prevented 'terrorist acts,' says Hollande

Marseille - France thwarted "terrorist attacks" this week, French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday.

France's Hollande says Greece not humiliated by bailout deal

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday rejected claims that Greece had been humiliated by a tough new bailout deal, adding that Paris would make proposals to reinforce Europe's economic governance."I cannot accept that people be humiliated...

Hollande vows fight to save Frenchman facing death in Indonesia

Brussels - French President Francois Hollande said his country was doing "everything" it can to save a Frenchman accused of drug offences in Indonesia from the firing squad after he lost an appeal against his death sentence on Monday.

Hollande already in campaign mode two years ahead of election

Paris - His ratings are still in the doldrums and the economy is still stagnant, yet French President Francois Hollande looks ever more determined to run for re-election two years from now.

Last-ditch offer could save Greece from bankruptcy

Athens - Electioneering was never like this! Down to its last day before an emergency summit on his country's future in the European Union, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made a new offer Sunday to keep international bailout loans coming.

Hollande urges restart of Greece talks 'as quickly as possible'

Le Bourget - French President Francois Hollande on Monday urged a quick restart of talks to save Greece from financial disaster after negotiations in Brussels collapsed at the weekend."We now have extremely tight deadlines.

Casing of second black box found but not box itself: Hollande

Seyne-les-alpes - French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday the casing for the second black box from the Germanwings Airbus crash had been found in the French Alps, but not the box itself. "We're looking for a second black box.
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French President Francois Hollande (C) poses with (LtoR) British businessman Chris Norman and Anthony Sadler from the US, and off-duty US servicemen Spencer Stone, and Alek Skarlatos during a reception in their honor at the Elysee Palace on August 24
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