Everything you need to know about the newly elected French president.
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Streaks are made to be broken. After seventeen years on the outside looking in, a Socialist Party candidate has finally returned to the French presidency. François Hollande defeated Nicolas Sarkozy by four percentage points, 52 percent to 48 percent. Hollande's victory marked the first time in more than four decades that an incumbent French president lost his reelection bid. The man who vanquished the incumbent back in 1981 was François Mitterand, the last Socialist Party president and Hollande's idol. Hollande hopes to match or even outdo his hero. If he succeeds, he will enter the pantheon of great French presidents. Why? Because France's unemployment rate stands at a twelve-year high of nearly 10 percent, its economy is expected to grow by at most 1 percent in 2012, and its debt-to-GDP ratio exceeds 85 percent and is headed higher. As they say, to the victors go the toils.
- Name: François Gérard Georges Hollande
- Date of Birth: August 12, 1954
- Place of Birth: Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Upper Normandy, France
- Religion: Undetermined (French politicians typically do not discuss their religious beliefs)
- Political Party: Socialist Party (center-left)
- Marital Status: Never married, but he and former Socialist Party presidential candidate Ségolène Royal had four kids together. His current companion is Valérie Trierweiler, a French political journalist.
- Children: Thomas (b. 1984), Clémence (b. 1985), Julien (b. 1987), and Flora (b. 1992)
- Alma Mater: HEC Paris, ENA Strasbourg, and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
- Political Offices Held: First Secretary of the Socialist Party (1997--2008), Mayor of Tulle (2001--2008), and President of the General Council of Correze (2008--present)