Articles by Justin Vaïsse:
June 27, 2012 by Justin Vaïsse
Not since Charles De Gaulle has a French president confronted an economic and international situation as tumultuous as the one faced by François Hollande.
François Hollande, who took over the presidency from Nicolas Sarkozy last month, is facing an unemployment rate in the double digits and a national debt that stands at 90% of GDP. In addition to his domestic challenges, François Hollande finds himself at the center of a deepening European crisis, with Greece on the brink of collapse and most euro-zone countries in a recession. While the challenges facing the new president are enormous, there seems to be little consensus on how he will govern.