Francois Hollande

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Obama: Turkey Has Right to Defend Its Airspace

Also: 'Nous sommes tous Francais'

(Newser) - President Obama and French President Francois Hollande met Tuesday in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, with perhaps the most newsworthy moment coming when they were asked about Turkey's shooting down of a Russian jet. "Turkey, like every country, has the right to defend its territory and... More »

France Pounds ISIS Stronghold for 2nd Night

Hollande urges others to join fight against 'terrorism factory'

(Newser) - France has fired new airstrikes on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, days after deadly attacks in Paris linked to the group. The strikes early Tuesday destroyed a command post and training camp, a military spokesman says. France conducted sweeping raids Sunday night on Raqqa , and the French president... More »

Paris Death Toll Rises to 60 as France Closes Borders

President Obama pledges to help

(Newser) - French media are reporting least 60 people are dead in Friday's Paris attacks , per Reuters . Multiple, apparently coordinated gun and bomb attacks hit almost simultaneously, and at least 100 hostages were reportedly being held at a concert hall after one of the shootings. There were reportedly as many as... More »

France Needs Wine to Get Through Dinner With Iran

Really leaning into that cultural stereotype, France

(Newser) - They say we should embrace our differences. But they never tried to come between a Frenchman and his wine. The Washington Post reports on some dinner drama adding tension to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's first official visit to Europe, which starts this weekend. Apparently Rouhani and French president Franç... More »

Targeting ISIS, France Airstrikes 'Hit Syria'

Hollande turns firepower on Assad's territory after concerns about refugee crisis

(Newser) - France has fired its first airstrikes in Syria as it expands military operations against Islamic State extremists, President Francois Hollande's office announced today. The office said that "France has hit Syria" based on information from French reconnaissance flights sent earlier this month. France has been firing airstrikes on... More »

France Fumes Over 'Unacceptable' US Spying

Summons US ambassador to Paris amid emergency meetings

(Newser) - Surprise: France isn't thrilled by claims that the US spied on its past three presidents , including current leader Francois Hollande, and has now summoned its US ambassador to the foreign ministry in Paris, reports the AP . Hollande, who calls the US spying an "unacceptable" security breach, held two... More »

WikiLeaks: US Spied on 3 French Presidents

Expect an angry response from Paris

(Newser) - A strange one, courtesy of WikiLeaks: The US eavesdropped on three French presidents, learning among other things that France was angry the US was eavesdropping on it. That tidbit is courtesy of a new WikiLeaks disclosure that the NSA wiretapped current French leader Francois Hollande and predecessors Nicolas Sarkozy and... More »

US, Germany Stand Tight on Achieving Ukraine Peace

But Obama and Angela Merkel disagree on arming Ukraine against Russia

(Newser) - To arm or not to arm Ukraine is the question—and although the US and Germany may not agree on the answer to that question, for now they're presenting a unified front in finding a solution to Ukraine's conflict with Russia. President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel... More »

'Dire' Ukraine Situation Getting Worse: US

Russia 'failing miserably' at peace as Kerry, other world leaders head to Kiev

(Newser) - Despite Vladimir Putin's posturing for a peaceful resolution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict , a senior US State Department official says Eastern Ukraine's security position is "dire" and Russia is "failing miserably" in its peace efforts, CNN reports. The official spoke today on John Kerry's plane as... More »

Defiant France Holds Biggest Rally in Its History

'Unprecedented' demonstration held in reaction to Charlie Hebdo attack

(Newser) - Leaders from across the globe descended on Paris today to stand by the side of French President Francois Hollande, as hordes of his countrymen crowded into the capital's iconic Republique Square to defiantly proclaim "Je Suis Charlie" in a rally to honor the 17 killed over the course... More »

French Prez: Gunmen 'Have Nothing to Do With Muslim Religion'

Francois Hollande: siege at kosher market is 'act of anti-Semitism'

(Newser) - French President Francois Hollande gave a televised speech today urging his people to act with "vigilance and unity" following the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks , reports Euro News . The French "will not give in to fear and we are capable of defending ourselves against threats," he says. The... More »

US Strike Near Baghdad Marks New Phase in Fight

Strikes on ISIS were in direct support of Iraqi military

(Newser) - An American airstrike in Iraq yesterday was the 162nd since early August—but unlike the previous 161, this one took place near Baghdad and marked what Central Command calls the start of "our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions," the Guardian reports. The strike... More »

World Plots Against ISIS in Paris

Conference opens in France today

(Newser) - The world is discussing the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Paris today, with President Francois Hollande opening a conference attended by leaders and diplomats from 25-plus countries by saying "there is no time to lose. Iraq's combat against terrorism is also ours." Or so hopes Iraqi president Fuad... More »

France Throws 2 Dinners to Separate Testy Obama, Putin

Hollande avoiding an awkward moment

(Newser) - International tensions are resulting in a very full stomach for French President Francois Hollande. During a commemoration of D-Day, he'll have two separate dinners Thursday night: one with President Obama, and one with Vladimir Putin, the AP reports. The two leaders are among at least 18 visiting in honor... More »

On Brink of War, Ukraine Stops Flights

Both sides bury their dead as Germany makes dire pronouncement

(Newser) - The government in Kiev appears to have today blocked all international flights into, and many flights out of, the Ukraine's restive east in the wake of yesterday's violence and in anticipation of violence ahead of Friday's holiday commemorating World War II. At least 20 flights out of... More »

Socialists Head for Drubbing in France

Anti-immigration far right wins in several towns

(Newser) - French pollsters said the governing Socialists lost ground to the conservative right in municipal elections today that are seen as a referendum on embattled President Francois Hollande and certain to lead to a government shakeup. Estimates showed the anti-immigration far right adding several towns to its victory bucket after a... More »

France's First Couple Is No More

Hollande confirms Valerie Trierweiler rumors

(Newser) - Elysee Palace told the BBC the breakup rumors were false—but the French president himself says otherwise. Francois Hollande has confirmed that he and partner Valerie Trierweiler, France's first lady, have split up, AFP reports. "I wish to make it known that I have ended my partnership with... More »

'First Lady' Role: It's 'Sexist,' Needs to Go

It's outdated, and hurts women: Nabila Ramdani

(Newser) - It may be time to do away with the "feeble, sexist, and outdated" role of first lady, writes Nabila Ramdani in the Guardian . Look at Valérie Trierweiler: Upon learning that her partner, French President François Hollande, was having an affair, she spent eight nights in the hospital—... More »

France's First Lady Took 'One Pill Too Many'

She wants to stay together, but President Hollande doesn't

(Newser) - France's spurned first lady is out of hospital, recovering, and determined to make her relationship with President Francois Hollande work—but sources say he wants it to end, the Telegraph reports. It's unclear whether Hollande has visited girlfriend Valérie Trierweiler, 48, since she moved from a hospital... More »

Hollande Critic Unloads Tons of Manure at Parliament

Police catch the protester in the act

(Newser) - Francois Hollande probably didn't think his week could get much worse. The French president had to acknowledge his affair with an actress, a growing mess that sent his other girlfriend to the hospital . And now? Manure, and lots of it, dumped in his name outside the French parliament in... More »

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