29 Facts About Francois Hollande

1. On 25 January 2014, Francois Hollande officially announced his separation from Valerie Trierweiler after the tabloid magazine Closer revealed his affair with actress Julie Gayet.

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2. Francois Hollande is the most unpopular president of the French Fifth Republic.

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3. Francois Hollande supported the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen, re-supplying the Saudi military.

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4. In September 2015, Francois Hollande warned former Eastern Bloc countries against rejecting the EU mandatory migrant quotas, saying: "Those who don't share our values, those who don't even want to respect those principles, need to start asking themselves questions about their place in the European Union".

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5. On 27 February 2014, Francois Hollande was a special guest of honor in Abuja, received by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in celebration of Nigeria's amalgamation in 1914, a 100-year anniversary.

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6. Francois Hollande made a state visit to the United States in February 2014; a state dinner was given in his honor by US President Barack Obama.

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7. In 2014, Francois Hollande took some of these troops out of Mali and spread them over the rest of the Sahel under Operation Barkhane, in an effort to curb jihadist militants.

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8. On 11 January 2013, Francois Hollande authorised the execution of Operation Serval, which aimed to curtail the activities of Islamist extremists in the north of Mali.

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9. Francois Hollande has proposed "an acceleration of the establishment of a Franco-German civic service, the creation of a Franco-German research office, the creation of a Franco-German industrial fund to finance common competitiveness clusters, and the establishment of a common military headquarters".

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10. Francois Hollande pledged to conclude a new contract of Franco-German partnership, advocating the adoption of a Directive on the protection of public services.

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11. Francois Hollande has announced his personal support for same-sex marriage and adoption for LGBT couples, and outlined plans to pursue the issue in early 2013.

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12. Francois Hollande hosted a visit from Antoni Marti, head of the government, and Vicenc Mateu Zamora, leader of the parliament.

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13. Francois Hollande was the first Socialist Party president since Francois Mitterrand left office in 1995.

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14. Francois Hollande launched his campaign officially with a rally and major speech at Le Bourget on 22 January 2012 in front of 25,000 people.

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15. Francois Hollande initially trailed the front-runner, former finance minister and International Monetary Fund managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

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16. Francois Hollande publicly declared his support for Bertrand Delanoe, the mayor of Paris, but it was Martine Aubry who would go on to win the race to succeed him in 2008.

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17. Francois Hollande was widely blamed for the poor performances of the Socialist Party in the 2007 elections, and he announced that he would not seek another term as First Secretary.

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18. Francois Hollande would go on to be elected mayor of Tulle in 2001, an office he would hold for the next seven years.

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19. Francois Hollande pleaded for reconciliation and for the party to unite behind Jacques Delors, the President of the European Commission, but Delors renounced his ambitions to run for the French presidency in 1995.

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20. Francois Hollande lost his bid for re-election to the Assembly in the so-called "blue wave" of the 1993 election, described as such due to the number of seats gained by the Right at the expense of the Socialist Party.

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21. Francois Hollande went on to become a special advisor to newly elected President Mitterrand, before serving as a staffer for Max Gallo, the government's spokesman.

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22. Francois Hollande lived in the United States in the summer of 1974 as a university student.

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23. Francois Hollande graduated from the ENA in 1980 and chose to enter the prestigious Cour des comptes.

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24. Francois Hollande studied at HEC Paris, graduated in 1975, and then attended the Institut d'etudes politiques de Paris and the Ecole nationale d'administration.

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25. Francois Hollande attended Saint-Jean-Baptiste-de-la-Salle boarding school, a private Catholic school in Rouen, the Lycee Pasteur, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, receiving his baccalaureate in 1972 then graduated with a bachelor's degree in Law from Pantheon-Assas University.

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26. Francois Hollande was born on 12 August 1954 in Rouen.

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27. Francois Hollande sent troops to Mali and the Central African Republic with the approval of the UN Security Council in order to stabilise those countries, two operations largely seen as successful.

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28. Francois Hollande was a leading proponent of EU mandatory migrant quotas and NATO's 2011 military intervention in Libya.

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29. Francois Hollande became a member of the National Assembly in 1988 and was elected First Secretary of the Socialist Party in 1997.

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