The French Socialist leader is a throwback, not a pioneer.
For the Labour leader, France's president represents the possibility of stodgy social democratic substance beating slick conservative incumbency.
The row over Valérie Trierweiler's indiscreet tweet threatens the French president's carefully constructed character.
Both countries voted for pro-European politics and confounded the anti-EU right.
On yesterday's French legislative elections.
On foreign policy, the French president is proving skilful and radical.
He is the first Socialist to hold the role in twenty years.
In 1981, I was there at la Bastille as François Mitterrand won control of the Élysée after 25 years of unbroken right-wing rule.
As the polls began to close at about seven o’clock on Sunday evening, there was a distinctly weird atmosphere in the streets of Paris.
France has always struggled with evidence-based science.