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 this is the answer.
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.
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.