François Hollande (France)

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Former President of France

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Synopsis

Having served as an advisor to President François Mitterrand before entering the National Assembly himself, François Hollande became First Secretary of the French Socialist Party, leading them to regional election victory before standing against Nicolas Sarkozy for the Presidency. He became the first Socialist leader in the Élysée for almost twenty years where, during a difficult tenure, he introduced progressive policies regarding same-sex marriage, migration, tax and employment law, and military intervention, whilst also dealing with the effects of some of the most devastating terrorist attacks ever to hit mainland Europe.