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Francois Hollande waves from the balcony of the Socialist Party headquarters today

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Francois Hollande slashes security team

France's new president Francois Hollande is shrinking his presidential security team and naming a woman to lead it for the first time.

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French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy calls for West to intervene in Syria

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Francois Hollande becomes French president

Francois Hollande became president of France today in a ceremony steeped in tradition, taking over a country worried about Europe's future and pledging to make it a fairer place.

François Hollande topped the vote in 333 of the 577 constituencies

Hollande's victory paves way for the left at polls

New political map promises easy win for Socialists and allies in parliamentary elections

Valerie Trierweiler insists she will continue to work

A question of protocol for France's new First Lady Valerie Trierweiler

François Hollande and his partner, Valerie Trierweiler, face two pressing questions which usually dog much younger couples. Should they get married? And where will they live?

François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy stand side-by-side at ceremony to commemorate VE Day

After a bruising, and occasionally nasty, election campaign, France’s future and ousted presidents stood solemnly, and movingly, side- by-side today at a ceremony to commemorate the end of World War Two in Europe.

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