Meet President Hollande

Tyler Durden's picture

Courtesy of Bloomberg, below is a compilation of the key dates to know for the first French socialist president since Francois Mitterand.

  • Francois Hollande was elected the seventh president of France’s Fifth Republic, which dates to 1958. Following are the key dates of his life and career.
  • 1954, Aug. 12: born in Rouen (western France) to a doctor and a social worker
  • 1968: Moves with his family to Paris
  • 1971: High-school graduation
  • 1974: Wins grant, travels to California for two months
  • 1975: Graduates from Paris Institute of Political Sciences, HEC-Paris business school and passes an undergraduate law degree
  • 1977: Military service
  • 1979: Joins the Socialist Party, starts dating Segolene Royal
  • 1980: Graduates from Ecole Nationale d’Administration
  • 1981: Hired as aides to President Francois Mitterrand
  • 1981, June: Loses his first electoral battle in Correze district against Jacques Chirac, who was to become President
  • 1983: Chief of staff to Max Gallo, the government’s spokesman
  • 1984: Birth of Thomas, Royal-Hollande’s first son
  • 1986: Birth of Clemence, the couple’s first daughter
  • 1987: Birth of Juline, the couple’s third child
  • 1988: Wins first local mandate as Correze district deputy (mandate runs until 1993)
  • 1992: Supports the Maastricht Treaty
  • 1992: Birth of Flora, the couple’s fourth and last child
  • 1993: Head the informal club “Temoin” to support Jacques Delors’ possible presidential bid
  • 1994: Heads the Socialist Party’s economic-policy unit
  • 1995: Socialist presidential candidate Lionel Jospin’s spokesman (Jospin lost to Chirac)
  • 1997: Elected first secretary of the Socialist Party, re- elected as deputy of Correze
  • 1999: European deputy from July to December
  • 2001: Elected mayor of Tulle, the Correze district’s administrative center (until 2008)
  • 2001: Supports Socialist Prime Minister Jospin’s decision to send French troops to Afghanistan
  • 2002: Spokesman for Socialist presidential candidate Jospin, who was eliminated in first round against anti- immigration National Front candidate
  • 2004: The Socialist Party wins 20 of France’s 22 regions in regional votes
  • 2005: Supports the European Constitution in a referendum; most Socialist supporters vote against
  • 2007: Segolene Royal runs for president and loses to Sarkozy
  • 2007, June: Royal makes their separation public, Hollande wins back Correze deputy seat, member of the National Assembly Finance Committee
  • 2008, March: Wins the Correze district presidency (still in power)
  • 2008, September: Votes against sending more troops to Afghanistan
  • 2008, November: Quits as Socialist Party head
  • 2009, June: Makes first speech in presidential race
  • 2009, November: Makes relationship with Paris Match magazine journalist Valerie Trierweiler public (after three years of partnership)
  • 2011, March: Declares presidential candidacy
  • 2011, May: Socialist rival Dominique Strauss-Kahn abandons presidential possible bid
  • 2011, October: Wins Socialist nomination
  • 2012, April 22: Wins the first round of the presidential race
  • 2012, May 6: Wins French presidential election against Nicolas Sarkozy

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Banksters's picture

Vote AGAIN.    I will take my child sized fist and slam it in your face, FRANCE

Sarko the Dwarf

maxmad's picture

Sarko just sharted!  The Collapse just started!

theMAXILOPEZpsycho's picture

I can't believe that fat socialist cunt bagged sergeline royal when she was young...

Randall Cabot's picture

How long before Carla Bruni says, "What the fuck am I doing with this unemployed jew midget?"

The Big Ching-aso's picture



France is about to get a special Hollandeise sauce it's never gonna forget.

Dixie Rect's picture

I'm going long on surrender flag manufacturers.

The Big Ching-aso's picture


Things are really phucked up over there.  Hollande should be King of Holland.  Sarkozy should be Prime Minister of Israel.   And Carla Bruni should've been married to Silvio Berlusconi.     It's like all these nations are voting-in misceginating foreign inbreds.

westerman's picture

He can spend our way out of this crisis!

10044's picture

one can only hope for change!

Oquities's picture

let the currency debasement wars begin in earnest.  no more wavering.

The Big Ching-aso's picture



France is gonna end up with some long bread lines.   Those baguettes are phuckin enormous.


A Man without Qualities's picture

And the French vote for the one who promises the most free stuff, as usual.  If you are wondering when they are going to learn, the answer is probably never.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Which is why this is NOT the first socialist president since Mitterand.   They're all socialists over there, Sarko included.

Maxwell Smart's picture

The U.S. has a socialist president, too. Democrats are socialists.

Thorny Xi's picture

Moron.  What do you call the creation of $12T or so to prop up failed bankers?  Who did that?  Both parties, and the "independent" Federal Reserve.  THAT'S socialism.

TBT or not TBT's picture

That's called fascism.   NationalIST socialism.   Anything for power.    The means to power for Democrats is demagogery, vote buying, influence peddling, race and ethnic preference...

NuckingFuts's picture

Are you high? Maxwell douche.

The Big Ching-aso's picture


Pls don't hate me because I'm part French.  Mom answered the door bell.  It was the mailman, Francois.  She said, "Please, come in."  He said, "Oui, oui".   And the rest is history.

machineh's picture

Like Hollande, Mitterand believed France could spend its way to prosperity. The French franc proceeded to collapse.

This time round, the franc CAN'T collapse, because France is in the euro zone. So what gives?

Easy -- France's 3% borrowing rate and AAA rating. Try 5% and single-A, a year or two down the road.

'Free money' ain't free, comrades. It probably costs more than honest money, matter of fact.

The Big Ching-aso's picture



I wonder what the world would say if we voted in a real socialist liberal-spending retard for president?

Amish Hacker's picture

Actually, politicians never promise free stuff, just stuff that somebody else will pay for.

GeneMarchbanks's picture

Socialism, Bitchez!

Joe The Plumber's picture

Lol hollande said it didnt matter if a 75 percent tax rate harmed growth it was matter of " fairness"

AustriAnnie's picture

It IS fair for the entire country to starve together.  "Liberté, égalité, fraternité" and all that.  (Minus the liberte, of course.)

smb12321's picture

The epitome of the ideologue - abstract, academic theories are more important than people.   If the rich left he could at least say, "Well, we're solved the inequality problem."

The Big Ching-aso's picture



If Papillon were alive today I think he'd escape France for a more hospitable environs on Devil's Island.

Lost Wages's picture

If tomorrow you tell the average American that Hollande rules France, they'd say, "How does one country rule another country? Is weed legal in France now?"

10044's picture

france is fucked.. more than it already has

Landrew's picture

I would say you are very, very WRONG! I think France just took an adult step in giving the finger to the global banksters! France= ICELAND, the French people have done what the Irish should have and what we should have done here in the U.S.! The Greeks now have a chance at a future like Iceland and Argentina! Braver! Braver! people of France!

TBT or not TBT's picture

France is a little bigger than Iceland, or Greece, in economic terms.     The insolvent continental banking system and governments managed to paper the first two over, but the charade will not last long once a major economy goes for default.   Spain will be the first big one, but Italy isn't far behind.  

Anyway, to your point, France exiting the system would effectively pull the plunger on this rather overloaded economic toilet called "Europe", but in all likelyhood Spain and or Italy will be the trigger.    France has no interest in that, as its banks hold a lot of PIIGS debt.   I mean, that fact has been a key driver for the Merkozy antics.  Both Germany and France have giant insolvent banks stuffed full of bad paper, and the can kicking they've done over there on Greece and PIIGS sovereign debt crisis has been about protecting their banks for just a little longer.   THEIR banks, not foreign ones.

The Big Ching-aso's picture



All the other socialist countries in Europe are anxiously concerned if Hollande can phuck things up worse than they have.

lizzy36's picture

And Quebec is next.

Vive la Socialist!!!!

ZeroPower's picture

Indeed, idiot students in Qc already trying to pull the 'WE DEMAND FREE TUITION' card. Ridiculous.

Joe The Plumber's picture

As long as the lady protesters keep taking off their shorts I might support that.

sabra1's picture

at least they held their ground and took to the streets! in the good old USA, nary a riot in sight, all must be well!

NidStyles's picture

Yes, because rioting and vandalism solves everything, right?

Landrew's picture

So your thoughts are keep the slaves ignorant? Why wouldn't we wanted the young people educated? Growth doesn't come from Slavery it comes from empowerment. I don't think I want to live in a country that doesn't value education. Nothing is free and you are mistaken thinking these young people don't understand that! You should try to interact with young people you might learn something about them.

EuroSovietSerf's picture

I think you'll find most of them want to do some 'liberal arts' or 'social study' and expect a high paying government job to be waiting for them.. because... you know... they're entitled.

I'd say many people don't need some university degree to begin with, ever more of these degrees are worthless anyway. And as a wise man once said 'never let school get in the way of your education'.

jwoop66's picture

exactly, looks like a high percentage of bullshit majors.

The Big Ching-aso's picture


Les Miserables II coming soon to Paris outside theaters everywhere.

lizzy36's picture


YOU are mistaken. Post secondary education is already subsidized in every province in Canada. The more militant Quebec students wanted FREE TUITION. Quebec pays the lowest tuition in Canada. We are talking $2800 a year. In Alberta the average tuition costs about $4800.

Here is the kicker, under the equalization program in Canada, every man, woman and child in Alberta sends Quebec $500 a year. You see Quebec is a "have not" province. They cannot currently afford the "low" tuition cost, nevermind "FREE" tuition, unless the students of Alberta subsidize them.

We want young people educated. And currently in Canada nobody is priced out of the education market. What we don't want, is some silly notion that there is such a thing as "free", because there isn't. Someone is always subsidizing anothers "free".

In Canada we value education, but we sure as hell don't value massive subsidies to one group of students over another. And we should all spend a bit more time valuing hard work and sacrifice. 

You know what the problem with free post secondary education is? It is like giving everyone a participation badge. What incentive is there for the 16 year old with an aptitude for physics to work her ass off, to get the grades necessary to qualify for a scholarship, when she can merely work just enough to the grades necessary for admission? What value do we place on free? 

StychoKiller's picture

Free (as in "free beer") education is worth what you paid for it, i.e., NOTHING!

TheDriver's picture

I signed in just to say I love you, lizzy.

NidStyles's picture

So you want the slaves to get a quality education from their slave masters? What the fuck are you on about?

theTribster's picture

It is a little deeper than that, c'mon now.

GeneMarchbanks's picture

If true, excellent. Let the Balkanization begin!!

YuropeanImbecille's picture

will be absolutley no difference, Hollande as Sarkozy is firstly and foremostly a jew, and they work very close together with the vampire squid and do not give a fuck about the french or the euroepans.


so this is as usual a major win for the vampire squid and it's zionist bastards.