Posts Tagged ‘Francois Hollande’

Curly, Larry & Mahmoud go to G20

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Hollande, Putin and Ahmadinejad confirm presence at Rio 20

From June 20 to 22, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio 20, in Rio de Janeiro, will highlight the presence of more than 115 heads of state and government. They will focus on discussions on the defense of the environment with sustainable development and social inclusion. Attention will be focused on the presidents François Hollande (France) Vladimir Putin (Russia) and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Iran), among others.

Ahmadinejad’s also stopping by Bolivia and Venezuela to call on his friends Evo and Hugo. Hugo has visited Iran nine times in the past 13 years.

No word on whether Chavez will attend the G20.


France: Hollande in, Ferraris out

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

French socialist Francois Hollande has won a clear victory in the country’s presidential election.

Mr Hollande has called for a renegotiation of a hard-won European treaty on budget discipline championed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mr Sarkozy.

The Socialist candidate has promised to raise taxes on big corporations and people earning more than 1m euros a year.

He wants to raise the minimum wage, hire 60,000 more teachers and lower the retirement age from 62 to 60 for some workers.

The president-elect — who campaigned on the promise of spending more and who, 30 minutes ago, stated forcefully that he was a “socialist” — said that he expects much of Europe to “breathe a sigh of relief” in view of his election to the French presidency and that the European Union will not be all about austerity from now on.

The Ferrari owners are breathing the air in Switzerland,

This photo of a fleet of Ferraris purportedly fleeing to the Swiss border captures the feeling of many rich French people today. The socialist candidate François Hollande has defeated incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy — the first time a socialist has been elected President of France [since] the Mitterand years.

Won’t be the first time that money flees France after a Socialist victory.

UPDATE,
American Power is also blogging on France.