News

France's President-Elect Begins Assembling New Government

France's newly-elected President Francois Hollande waves from a balcony at his campaign headquarters the day after his election, in Paris, May 7, 2012.
France's newly-elected President Francois Hollande waves from a balcony at his campaign headquarters the day after his election, in Paris, May 7, 2012.

France's new president-elect, Francois Hollande, has begun the work of forming a new government following his win in Sunday's runoff election.

Final results Monday show Hollande won 51.6 percent of the vote to Nicolas Sarkozy's 48.4 percent. The 57-year-old former leader of France’s Socialist Party will assume office on May 15.

The vote reflected citizens' disapproval of the country's spending cuts and high unemployment. Hollande has been vocal in his opposition to many of the tough economic austerity measures in France. During an appearance before supporters Monday, he promised to reopen talks on European Union-imposed austerity measures championed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Sarkozy.

Merkel on Monday said the EU's fiscal pact was not negotiable, but added she would welcome the president-elect "with open arms," saying that they would work together closely.

Hollande will be the first left-wing French leader in almost 20 years. He has promised to move quickly to implement a traditional socialist tax-and-spend program with higher taxes on the rich to help finance increased state spending.

U.S. President Barack Obama telephoned his congratulations to Hollande on Sunday and invited him to the White House before the Group of Eight and NATO summits later this month.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: France vs Holland
May 07, 2012 10:16 AM
Boom! He will be in trouble for the First Year, until he learn more....

by: Mmaduabuchi buchi Nwankwu
May 07, 2012 9:02 AM
he still better than the blood suck like Nicolas Sarkozy's

by: Julien
May 07, 2012 8:58 AM
Obama is not really a socialist he is a democrat which rather means center in France.

by: Leigh
May 07, 2012 8:12 AM
He's never held a position in national office! Hmmmmmm!
Interesting!

by: Charles Wang
May 07, 2012 7:12 AM
I dont know how he can lead France to walk out of predicament since he has never held a position in the national government.
I rub one's eyes and wait!

by: Terri
May 07, 2012 6:44 AM
Exactly my thought Tim, it will be interesting to see the world reaction to this.

by: Jérémie Moritz
May 07, 2012 4:09 AM
He will be the first left-wing president in more than 30 years (exactly 31y, the last one was François Mitterrand)

by: Tim Thune
May 07, 2012 4:06 AM
Of course Obama would be overjoyed about this outcome. Hollande is a socialist, just like him.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam Wari
X
Katherine Gypson
May 25, 2015 1:32 AM
For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
Video

Video Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam War

For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
Video

Video Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmaking

According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.
Video

Video Iowa Family's Sacrifice Shaped US Military Service for Generations

Few places in America have experienced war like Waterloo. This small town in the Midwest state of Iowa became famous during World War II not for what it accomplished, but what it lost. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the legacy of one family’s sacrifice is still a reminder today of the real cost of war for all families on the homefront.
Video

Video On Film: How Dance Defies Iran's Political Oppression

'Desert Dancer' by filmmaker Richard Raymond is based on the true story of a group of young Iranians, who form an underground dance troupe in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is the latest in a genre of films that focus on dance as a form of freedom of expression against political oppression and social injustice. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Turkey's Ruling Party Trying to Lure Voters in Opposition Stronghold

Turkey’s AK (Justice and Development) Party is seeking a fourth successive general election victory, with the goal of securing two-thirds of the seats in Parliament to rewrite the constitution and change the country's parliamentary system into a presidential one. To achieve that, the party will need to win seats in opposition strongholds like the western city of Izmir. Dorian Jones reports.
Video

Video Millions Flock to Ethiopia Polls

Millions of Ethiopians cast their votes Sunday in the first national election since the 2012 death of longtime leader Meles Zenawi. Mr. Meles' party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, is almost certain of victory again. VOA's Anita Powell reports from Addis Ababa.
Video

Video Scientists Testing Space Propulsion by Light

Can the sun - the heart of our solar system - power a spacecraft to the edge of our solar system? The answer may come from a just-launched small satellite designed to test the efficiency of solar sail propulsion. Once deployed, its large sail will catch the so-called solar wind and slowly reach what scientists hope to be substantial speed. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video FIFA Trains Somali Referees

As stability returns to the once lawless nation of Somalia, the world football governing body, FIFA, is helping to rebuild the country’s sport sector by training referees as well as its young footballers. Abdulaziz Billow has more from Mogadishu.
Video

Video With US Child Obesity Rates on the Rise, Program Promotes Health Eating

In its fifth year, FoodCorps puts more than 180 young Americans into 500 schools across the United States, where they focus on teaching students about nutrition, engaging them with hands-on activities, and improving their access to healthy foods whether in the cafeteria or the greater community. Aru Pande has more.
Video

Video Virginia Neighborhood Draws People to Nostalgic Main Street

In the U.S., people used to grow up in small towns with a main street lined by family-owned shops and restaurants. Today, however, many main streets are worn down and empty because shoppers have been lured away by shopping malls. But in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, main street is thriving. VOA’s Deborah Block reports it has a nostalgic feel with its small restaurants and unique stores.

VOA Blogs