January 5, 2014

Nobody Wants to Shake the French President’s Hand

Dutch newspaper Volkskrant recently released a funny retrospective, supposedly showing how bad French President François Hollande was at shaking hands with other leaders over the course of 2013… (via 22 Words)

February 18, 2013
Nice, France
A float representing French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel goes through the crowd during the 129th annual Carnival parade (via Telegraph)

Nice, France

A float representing French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel goes through the crowd during the 129th annual Carnival parade (via Telegraph)

October 20, 2012
 Parallel universes - cartoon
At the European Council, François Hollande and Angela Merkel remain divided on the issue of ECB supervision of European banks. Meanwhile, in the Greek capital, the growing number of violent attacks on immigrants mounted by neo-Nazi activists of the Golden Dawn party is met with indifference by the country’s political class. Recently Greek MP Eleni Zaroulia, who is the wife of the leader of Golden Dawn, Nikos Michaloliakos, and a member of the European Council’s commission on equality and non-discrimination, described immigrants as subhuman in a speech to parliament. (via Presseurop)

Parallel universes - cartoon

At the European Council, François Hollande and Angela Merkel remain divided on the issue of ECB supervision of European banks. Meanwhile, in the Greek capital, the growing number of violent attacks on immigrants mounted by neo-Nazi activists of the Golden Dawn party is met with indifference by the country’s political class. Recently Greek MP Eleni Zaroulia, who is the wife of the leader of Golden Dawn, Nikos Michaloliakos, and a member of the European Council’s commission on equality and non-discrimination, described immigrants as subhuman in a speech to parliament. (via Presseurop)

October 20, 2012
France: Karl Lagerfeld condemns imbecile Francois Hollande
President François Hollande of France is an “imbecile” who “hates the rich” and whose tax hikes will prove “disastrous” for France, controversial fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has warned.
The German haute couture icon’s undiplomatic outburst follows a string of attacks on celebrities over their taste and looks. He has recently dubbed British singer Adele “fat” and Russian men “ugly”.
This time, however, Chanel’s 78-year old creative head trained his fire on France’s Left-wing leader, whose government is currently debating 20 billion euros in tax rises for the wealthy and big business and a 75 per cent tax on millionaire earners.
Likening Mr Holande to former Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Zapatero, a fellow Socialist, Mr Lagerfeld said: “He’s an imbecile. He will be as disastrous as Zapatero.” “Hollande hates the rich. It’s a disaster. He wants to punish them, and of course, they are leaving, nobody is investing,” he told Spanish Marie-Claire magazine.
"Foreigners no longer want to invest in France and it cannot work like that." Mr Lagerfeld’s comments joined a chorus of criticism from French business leaders to David Cameron on the left-winger’s fiscal policies.
Earlier this week, Laurence Parisot, head of employers’ group MEDEF, warned France was sliding into a grave economic crisis and risked a full-blown “hurricane” as investors flee rocketing tax rates. (via Telegraph)

France: Karl Lagerfeld condemns imbecile Francois Hollande

President François Hollande of France is an “imbecile” who “hates the rich” and whose tax hikes will prove “disastrous” for France, controversial fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has warned.

The German haute couture icon’s undiplomatic outburst follows a string of attacks on celebrities over their taste and looks. He has recently dubbed British singer Adele “fat” and Russian men “ugly”.

This time, however, Chanel’s 78-year old creative head trained his fire on France’s Left-wing leader, whose government is currently debating 20 billion euros in tax rises for the wealthy and big business and a 75 per cent tax on millionaire earners.

Likening Mr Holande to former Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Zapatero, a fellow Socialist, Mr Lagerfeld said: “He’s an imbecile. He will be as disastrous as Zapatero.” “Hollande hates the rich. It’s a disaster. He wants to punish them, and of course, they are leaving, nobody is investing,” he told Spanish Marie-Claire magazine.

"Foreigners no longer want to invest in France and it cannot work like that." Mr Lagerfeld’s comments joined a chorus of criticism from French business leaders to David Cameron on the left-winger’s fiscal policies.

Earlier this week, Laurence Parisot, head of employers’ group MEDEF, warned France was sliding into a grave economic crisis and risked a full-blown “hurricane” as investors flee rocketing tax rates. (via Telegraph)

April 21, 2012

Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande make last appeals before France’s presidential election

Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande, the two leading contenders in the race for the French presidency, make their final appeals to voters ahead of the polls on Sunday. Hollande, tipped in opinion polls to win the two-round election by a comfortable margin, urges his supporters to turn out en masse to vote in the first election round (via guardian.co.uk)

February 18, 2012
Rouen, France
Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, Francois Hollande, waves to the crowd as he arrives for a meeting. Hollande tried to upstage President Nicolas Sarkozy by staging a televised rally shortly before the president declared he will stand for re-election in the presidential polls. (via BBC News)

Rouen, France

Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, Francois Hollande, waves to the crowd as he arrives for a meeting. Hollande tried to upstage President Nicolas Sarkozy by staging a televised rally shortly before the president declared he will stand for re-election in the presidential polls. (via BBC News)

January 10, 2012
Jarnac, France
Valerie Trierweiler and Francois Hollande, France’s Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, walk along a street during a ceremony marking the 16th death anniversary of former French President Francois Mitterrand (via Editor’s choice)

Jarnac, France

Valerie Trierweiler and Francois Hollande, France’s Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, walk along a street during a ceremony marking the 16th death anniversary of former French President Francois Mitterrand (via Editor’s choice)

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