So much blame is heaped on Hollande that it is hard not to feel sorry for the amiable back-room party manager who, his friends say, still cannot believe his good fortune in landing the presidency last year.
François Mitterrand’s career was an extraordinary catalogue of political switches and personal cover-ups – but he remains arguably the most successful left-wing leader that western Europe has ever seen.
The French president has shown that deficit reduction need not depend on deep cuts and regressive tax rises. Miliband should take note.
Hollande's silence on the alleged discrimination against black and Arab employees is indicative of the president's recent decision to chase popularity by playing to the centre-right.
Back from Paris where she has been interviewing prostitutes, politicians, police, and feminists who argue both for and against legalising prostitution, Valeria Costa-Kostritsky asks whether legalising it would benefit both those who want to leave prostitution, and those who feel it is their only way to earn a living.
Lofty ambitions on the French left.
French anti-veil laws are steeped in racism and have opened the door to abuse against Muslims.
Pledges to forge an understanding between the West and Islam feel shallow.
The French Socialist leader is a throwback, not a pioneer.