About: French elections 2012

Elections 18-06-2012

In France, Socialists clutch levers of power

The Socialist Party of President François Hollande won a historic victory in parliamentary elections held yesterday (17 June) and will dominate both legislative chambers. EURACTIV France reports.
Trade & Society 09-05-2012

MEP: Hollande will play his hand carefully

François Hollande will play his hand carefully and those who expect him to precipitate a crisis in the eurozone are wrong, MEP Richard Howitt (S&D, UK), European Parliament Rapporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility, told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 04-05-2012

From Merkozy to Merkonti after the French poll?

If François Hollande wins the French presidential elections on Sunday, Italy can help forge a rebalancing of the Franco-German couple, especially after Angela Merkel yesterday (3 May) said Europe needs "political courage and creativity rather than billions of euro,” reports EURACTIV Italy.

Unions protest austerity at May Day rallies

Hundreds of thousands of workers across southern Europe protested against spending cuts at May Day rallies yesterday (1 May), before weekend elections in Greece and France where voters are expected to punish leaders for austerity. 
Global Europe 02-05-2012

More consistent EU-Russia relationship ‘absolutely essential’

It is absolutely essential to have more coherent, structured, well-framed relations between the EU and Russia, said Thierry de Montbrial, founder and Director General of the French Institute for International Relations IFRI, in an exclusive with EURACTIV, on the occasion of Putin's coming inauguration on 7 May for a new mandate as president.
Elections 30-04-2012

French campaign takes nasty turn

French President Nicolas Sarkozy dismissed a report that deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi sought to fund his 2007 campaign, saying it was a ploy by Socialist opponents to distract from the public reappearance of disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Sarkozy aide brings election campaign to EU meeting

French Interior Minister Claude Guéant pleaded yesterday (26 April) for a Schengen revamp in line with the anti-immigration rhetoric of Nicolas Sarkozy, who faces an uphill battle for re-election  on 6 May. He obtained the support of Germany and Austria, but was rebuked by Belgium and Sweden.
Central Europe 24-04-2012

In Brussels, Orbán poses as a ‘promoter of the European project’

Far from showing unease about his many critics who accuse him of an authoritarian drift, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in Brussels yesterday (23 April) that his country should be seen as a "laboratory" for transforming the EU economically and politically.
Elections 23-04-2012

Far right looms over Hollande-Sarkozy duel

Far-right candidate Marline Le Pen scored the biggest surprise in the first round of France's presidential election, winning 18% of votes yesterday (22 April) in a showing that could tip the runoff between Socialist favourite François Hollande and conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Elections 20-04-2012

Paris and Berlin, after the French elections

The euro crisis brought Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Nicolas Sarkozy together. No matter who enters the Elysée Palace in May, Paris and Berlin will have to work much more closely on deciding Europe’s future, writes Judy Dempsey of Carnegie Europe.
Elections 16-04-2012

Portugal vote on EU fiscal treaty deals blow to Hollande

François Hollande, the Socialist candidate and apparent front-runner in the French presidential election, suffered a blow as Portugal became the first EU country to ratify the 'fiscal compact' treaty that is designed to enforce stricter budget discipline in the eurozone.
Elections 16-04-2012

Sarkozy breaks ‘taboo’ by calling for ECB debate

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, facing the first round of elections this weekend, said in a campaign speech yesterday (15 April) that he wanted to open a debate on extending the mandate of the European Central Bank (ECB) to support economic growth.
Elections 11-04-2012

French presidential candidates avoiding ‘real issues’

Foreign correspondents based in Paris have criticised the leading candidates in the French presidential elections for avoiding substantive economic issues in favour of headline-grabbing, but largely symbolic proposals, EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 29-03-2012

Delors points the finger at Europe’s ‘killers’

Jacques Delors, the former European Commission president widely seen as one of the 'fathers of Europe', said yesterday (28 March) that EU leaders were "killing Europe", replacing the community method by inter-governmental solutions and nationalism, with the complicity of the Union's institutions. 

Sarkozy taking xenophobia ‘to a new level’: UK MEP

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who faces an uphill battle for re-election, realises he cannot win without "accepting the ideas" of the far right, a leading MEP told a Brussels audience yesterday (21 March).

Verhofstadt rides on Dutch PVV debate to attack Sarkozy

Guy Vehofstadt, leader of the liberal ALDE group, said yesterday (13 March) that the recent verbal attacks by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on immigrants and the Schengen agreement were worse than the silence of the Dutch government over the discriminatory website of the Dutch Freedom party (PVV).

French official wants wall at Greek-Turkish border

The top French official responsible for immigration said the EU should build a wall along the 130-kilometre Greek-Turkish border, comparing it to the one between the USA and Mexico.
Elections 12-03-2012

Sarkozy stokes nationalism on campaign trail

  French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the champion of European integration during his country's EU presidency in 2008, has appeared to turn a cold shoulder to Europe in campaign stump speeches laced with nationalism as he heads towards a first-round election in April.
Elections 06-03-2012

Oettinger: Elections are ‘bad time’ for debating energy

2012 is a year of elections in France, the United States and Russia, but energy and elections are "not a good couple", because energy policies are "quite complicated" for an electoral debate, Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger told a Brussels audience today (6 March). 
Euro & Finance 01-03-2012

EU summit to avoid contentious issues

A "no thrill" EU summit starting today (1 March) will avoid several contentious issues against the background of the French election campaign. Instead, leaders are poised to give speeches about "growth",  congratulate themselves for the re-election of Herman Van Rompuy as Council president and sign the 'fiscal compact' treaty.
Elections 22-02-2012

‘Buy French’, a questionable panacea for industrial woes

'Buy French' and 'Made in France' have become the new catchphrases for candidates in the French presidential election, but the concept is questionable at least, writes Mathieu Magnaudeix, from Mediapart.
Euro & Finance 08-02-2012

Nine countries push for financial transaction tax

Nine EU countries have asked the Danish presidency to put the financial transaction tax (FTT) on the 27-country bloc's agenda without delay, the French government announced in a statement yesterday (7 February).
Enlargement 01-02-2012

France backpedals on Armenian genocide

French lawmakers appealed to their country's highest court yesterday (31 January) to overturn a law that makes it illegal to deny that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago was genocide.
Euro & Finance 30-01-2012

Socialists slam ’empty talk’ about growth, jobs

Socialist leaders warned conservative politicians meeting in Brussels for an EU summit today (30 January) about "empty talk" when claiming they support policies to boost jobs and growth.