May 7, 2012 — The traditional phone call an American president makes to congratulate any new leader of a major American ally became cause for suspicion, as did the invitation Obama extended to France's new socialist leader, Francois Hollande, to visit the White House before the NATO meeting in Chicago and the G-8 Summit at Camp David.
Feb 2, 2013 — Francois Hollande visits the northern city of Timbuktu six days after French and Malian troops liberate it; he says France is prepared to hand over command of the battle against Islamists in Mali to an African-led military force.
May 15, 2012 — Francois Hollande takes oath of office as France's new president. He will travel to Germany today to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss a European austerity package which he wants to amend.
May 7, 2012 — The election of Socialist Francois Hollande in France and the rejection of austerity policies in Greece raise serious questions about the future of the euro and the fate of the continent's economic union.
Apr 23, 2012 — Far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen could determine who wins the May 6 runoff. She finished a surprisingly strong third on Sunday. If Sarkozy can't appeal to enough of her supporters, he could lose to Socialist Francois Hollande.