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12

Feb

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m the first lady of France.
Stephen Colbert on his place at the state dinner with French President Francois Hollande. First Lady Colbert promised to “bring back the guillotine” and “finally bring Jean Valjean to justice.”

23

Oct

The president made clear that the United States has begun to review the way that we gather intelligence, so that we properly balance the legitimate security concerns of our citizens and allies with the privacy concerns that all people share. The two presidents agreed that we should continue to discuss these issues in diplomatic channels.
President Obama called French President Francois Hollande following revelations published in the French daily Le Monde that the NSA had been intercepting French phone traffic on a “massive scale.”

02

Sep

I think France is committed in a way that is worrying — Paris had strongly criticized the American intervention in Iraq in 2003, which proved to be a fiasco, and in Libya, President Sarkozy had made sure he had the U.N. backing. We are the only important Western country taking the U.S. side and that will lead to a certain misunderstanding in Arab opinion, a certain isolation within the European Union, and create tensions at the domestic level.

05

Jun

France “now is certain that sarin gas was used in Syria multiple times and in a localized way."

12

Feb

France's National Assembly has approved a law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.

BBC reports that the Senate is likely to pass the measure and it could then become law by May or June.

18

Nov

"France to Let Syria Council Establish Ambassador"
Days after recognizing the newly formed Syrian opposition council as the “sole representative” of the Syrian people, President François Hollande of France met with its leaders in Paris on Saturday and agreed to install a new Syrian ambassador in France.
The French move comes even before the new council, the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, has established a provisional government, which is expected to happen soon.
After the meeting with the council’s leader, Sheik Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, and his deputies, Mr. Hollande said that his government would raise the issue of lifting a European Union arms embargo against all Syrian forces at a meeting of foreign ministers on Monday in Brussels.

"France to Let Syria Council Establish Ambassador"

Days after recognizing the newly formed Syrian opposition council as the “sole representative” of the Syrian people, President François Hollande of France met with its leaders in Paris on Saturday and agreed to install a new Syrian ambassador in France.

The French move comes even before the new council, the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, has established a provisional government, which is expected to happen soon.

After the meeting with the council’s leader, Sheik Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, and his deputies, Mr. Hollande said that his government would raise the issue of lifting a European Union arms embargo against all Syrian forces at a meeting of foreign ministers on Monday in Brussels.

04

Jul

French police have raided the home and offices of the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy as part of an investigation into illegal campaign financing and alleged brown envelopes of cash from France's wealthiest woman, the L'Oreal hairspray heiress Liliane Bettencourt.

17

Jun

Movement of the Young Socialists (MJS) react after the announcement of the results of the second round of the French parliamentary elections on June 17, 2012 at the PS headquarters in Paris. (Fred Dufour/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)

Movement of the Young Socialists (MJS) react after the announcement of the results of the second round of the French parliamentary elections on June 17, 2012 at the PS headquarters in Paris. (Fred Dufour/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)

19

May

Obama greets new French president in Oval Office
The most significant difference between Obama and Hollande is on Afghanistan. Obama plans to have all U.S. combat troops out by 2014; Hollande made a pledge during the recent election to get his troops out this year. He reiterated that promise to the French people Friday.
"I reminded President Obama that I made a promise to the French people to the effect that our combat troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2012," Hollande said. "That being said, we will continue to support Afghanistan in a different way."
But if Hollande’s campaign pledge presents a problem for NATO unity on Afghanistan, his emphasis on growth over austerity should please Obama, who’s been pushing that approach for three years.
"I discussed the main topics with President Obama, including the economy and the fact that growth must be a priority, at the same time as we put in place some fiscal compacts to improve our finances," the French president said.

Obama greets new French president in Oval Office

The most significant difference between Obama and Hollande is on Afghanistan. Obama plans to have all U.S. combat troops out by 2014; Hollande made a pledge during the recent election to get his troops out this year. He reiterated that promise to the French people Friday.

"I reminded President Obama that I made a promise to the French people to the effect that our combat troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2012," Hollande said. "That being said, we will continue to support Afghanistan in a different way."

But if Hollande’s campaign pledge presents a problem for NATO unity on Afghanistan, his emphasis on growth over austerity should please Obama, who’s been pushing that approach for three years.

"I discussed the main topics with President Obama, including the economy and the fact that growth must be a priority, at the same time as we put in place some fiscal compacts to improve our finances," the French president said.

07

May

brooklynmutt:

MSNBC Mistakenly Labels Nicolas Sarkozy A ‘Prostitute’
(Mediaite)

"Mistakenly."

brooklynmutt:

MSNBC Mistakenly Labels Nicolas Sarkozy A ‘Prostitute’

(Mediaite)

"Mistakenly."