How not to have an affair like a French president

What do France’s four last presidents have in common? They were all discovered having affairs. That’s the message a Canadian extramarital dating website is using to attract French customers. But can Canadians teach the French to cheat?

Lights, camera... kitchen appliance: French minister turns pin-up

A French minister has both humoured and excited the country after posing for a tabloid magazine with a Moulinex food blender...
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France, where people still take Boris Johnson seriously

London Mayor Boris Johnson might be delighting the Brits with his cheeky jibes and jovial manner, but across the channel he is deemed a Francophobe who doesn’t know his history after making a silly jibe targeting President François Hollande.

Hollande, far from diplomatic with ex at UN

François Hollande and his former partner, Ségolène Royal, found themselves in the same room at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday, but failed to say “hello”. So why was the French president so desperate to dodge his ex?

On Hollande’s first Bastille Day, expect family fireworks

What can we expect from François Hollande’s first Bastille Day as president? Three things are for sure: crap weather, a rare appearance from his catty girlfriend, and – supposedly – the last word on the “Tweetgate” family feud... Or so he hopes.
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Will Europe Turn Left?

Francois Hollande’s victory in France, state elections in Germany, and Greece’s political radicalization all signal a possibility for a revival of the left in Europe. A left-wing wave was anticipated with the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis.

France's presidential portraits, from the garden to the library – and back

French President François Hollande posed in the palace gardens for his “official portrait”, released on Monday. The picture will be hung in official buildings across the country for the rest of his term. How did his predecessors pose for their own?

Showcase Chicago: The NATO Summit

Seasoned NATO observers know to expect few surprises during this year’s NATO summit. After an ambitious effort at Lisbon in 2010 ushered in NATO’s new strategic concept, Chicago was always meant to be more about implementation than big or new ideas.

French presidential elections: drawing a blank

Having now just about recovered from the excitement of covering the French elections, I would like to point out that France’s new president, François Hollande, did not actually win as many votes as it may appear. Find out why...

France's foreign flag orgy upsets nationalist party poopers

A veritable army of flags – flags from other political parties, pro-peace flags, gay rights flags, even the national flags of other countries (!) – streamed into the Place de la Bastille on Sunday. An invasion? Paté went to investigate.