Tag Archives: Francois Hollande

Former French President To Be Tried For Corruption

Reuters reports: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy will face trial over charges he misused his influence to secure leaked details of an inquiry into alleged irregularities in his 2007 election campaign, a source close to the investigation said on Thursday. The case came about after investigators used phone-taps to examine separate allegations that late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi funded Sarkozy’s ...

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FRANCE: Pro-Gay President Won’t Run For Reelection

The Guardian reports: François Hollande, the least popular French president since the second world war, has announced he will not run for a second term in office. With a satisfaction rating so low it recently dropped to just 4%, the Socialist president appeared emotional as he said in a live televised address from the Élysée palace that he would not ...

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FRANCE: Truck Attack Death Toll Rises To 84, Killer Identified, President Extends State Of Emergency

The Washington Post reports: A truck rammed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French Riviera city of Nice on Thursday night, killing at least 84 people in an apparent terrorist attack in which the driver also opened fire on revelers before being shot dead by police. The truck struck the crowd after a fireworks display for the French ...

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Hollande: This Was An Islamist Act Of War By ISIS And France’s Response Will Be “Merciless” [VIDEO]

This morning French president Francois Hollande addressed his nation, calling last night’s attack an Islamist act of war by ISIS. NBC News reports: French President Francois Hollande vowed a “merciless” response to the deadliest attacks on the country’s soil since World War II as ISIS claimed responsibility Saturday for a coordinated assault on Paris. A state of emergency was declared ...

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FRANCE: President Francois Hollande Orders “Unprecedented” Closure Of Borders In Wake Of Attacks

French President Francois Hollande has declared a national state of emergency and taken the “unprecedented step” of closing all of France’s borders for an indefinite period. At this writing hostages are reportedly being slaughtered “one by one” at the Paris concert hall where the American band Eagles Of Death Metal had been playing. Events still unfolding…

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Edith Windsor Attends White House State Dinner Honoring French President

DOMA champion Edith Windsor was among the guests attending last night’s White House state dinner honoring French President Francois Hollande, who guided his nation to marriage equality last May.  Climbing out of his limousine just after 7 p.m., he [Hollande] was greeted by the Obamas, the first lady in a full liberty-blue skirt and black beaded top by Carolina Herrera. ...

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FRANCE: Thousands Of Anti-Gay Right Wingers Protest President Hollande

Torrential rains forced France’s famed anti-gay Hommen into a totally not homoerotic group huddle during yesterday’s protest against President Francois Hollande. As is typical for France’s neo-Nazi supported anti-gay movement, things got violent. Several thousand people marched through Paris on Sunday in a “Day of Anger” against embattled President Francois Hollande which ended in clashes between police and protesters. Security ...

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French President Won’t Attend Sochi

French President Francois Hollande will not be attending the Sochi Olympics, but so far the French government hasn’t given a reason. Via Buzzfeed: “There are no plans to attend,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the station. “Top French officials have no plans to be there.” Fabius offered no explanation for the decision to ditch the games, according to Europe 1, ...

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FRANCE: President Francois Hollande Signs Gay Marriage Bill Into Law

As he had promised, French President Francois Hollande signed the marriage equality bill into law this morning. Hollande acted a day after the Constitutional Council threw out a legal challenge by the right-wing opposition, which had been the last obstacle to passing the bill into law. The legislation also legalises gay adoption. But while gay rights groups hailed the move, ...

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Tweet Of The Day – Francois Hollande

Translation by JMG reader David in Paris: “As soon as the Constitutional Council has made its decision known, I will sign the #MariagePourTous [mariage equality] law.”  The decision on the constitutionality of the marriage equality law is supposed to come by May 23rd, but some believe it may come tomorrow.  Most expect a positive ruling.

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French President Calls On UN To Support Decriminalizing Homosexuality

“France will continue to engage in all these struggles: for the abolition of the death penalty, for women’s rights to equality and dignity, for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality, which should not be recognised as a crime but, on the contrary, recognized as a [sexual] orientation. All members countries have the obligation to guarantee the security of their citizens, and ...

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FRANCE: Marriage Bill Set For Oct. 31st

A draft version of France’s same-sex marriage bill will be presented to President Francois Hollande on October 31st.  Newspapers are screaming that the bill bans the words “mother and father.” The draft law states that “marriage is a union of two people, of different or the same gender.” It says all references to “mothers and fathers” in the civil code ...

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France Promises Gay Marriage

France’s new prime minister yesterday vowed to fulfill the promise of just-elected President Francois Hollande (above right) and implement full civil marriage equality for same-sex couples. A communiqué issued by the office of the prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, who took office on 15 May, marked the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia yesterday with a pledge to put the president’s ...

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FRANCE: Pro-Gay Socialist Edges Sarkozy In First Round Of Presidential Election

Pro-gay Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande (left) has edged incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in the first round of France’s presidential election. Hollande has expressed support for same-sex marriage in France, Sarkozy is strongly opposed. The winner of yesterday’s first round was the Socialist candidate François Hollande, with 28-29 per cent, who will contest the run-off against President Nicolas Sarkozy, who, with ...

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