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Your Guide to the French Government
Published: June 2012
In spring 2012, a few months before the highly anticipated American presidential elections and with the eurozone experiencing a major crisis, France held its presidential and legislative elections. Elected in May 2012, President François Hollande is the first Socialist French president to be elected since François Mitterrand, who left office in 1995. Hollande’s election represents a major shift in France’s leadership, as the Socialist Party and the French left have swept into power across the executive and legislative branches in a series of historic electoral victories. This guide provides an overview of the new French government and the French political system.