Francois Hollande's resounding victory heralds the first step towards change for both France and Europe. Mr Hollande, the man who has never held government office, plans to set France on a path to reclaim influence over the direction of Europe. But with change comes uncertainty both for France and for Europe.

SOCIALIST Francois Hollande swept to victory in France’s presidential election on Sunday, May 6, 2012, in a swing to the left that could shake Europe’s German-led austerity.

Mr Hollande, 57, won the second round votes making him France’s first Socialist president in 17 years. The incumbent center-right president Nicolas Sarkoz...

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Dr. Emmanuel Martin
Mr Hollande’s emphatic win should give him the authority to press German Chancellor Angela Merkel to accept a policy shift towards fostering growth in Europe to balance the austerity that has fuelled so much anger across southern Europe
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