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The moderate left was on course for a comfortable victory in French parliamentary elections last night, strengthening President François Hollande's grip on power.

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It was an accident of fate – or perhaps libido – which brought Francois Hollande to the forefront of European politics.

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Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande mark VE Day in Paris

In his last state ceremony as France's president, Nicolas Sarkozy led commemorations today in Paris marking the end of World War II in Europe, standing side-by-side with the man who ousted him from power.

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Social Party candidate, Francois Hollande is the new president of France

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Socialist Francois Hollande defeated conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy today to become France's next president, heralding a change in how Europe tackles its debt crisis and how France flexes its military and diplomatic muscle around the world. 

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