Official portrait: François Hollande
François Hollande
© DILA-La Documentation française. Photo Raymond Depardon

12 August 1954
François Hollande was born in Rouen. He studied at the HEC School of Management and Sciences Po Paris.

He became a member of the Socialist Party.

He graduated from École Nationale d’Administration (Voltaire class) and worked as an auditor at the Cour des Comptes and a lecturer at Sciences Po.

After François Mitterrand was elected President of the Republic, François Hollande became a special assistant at the Élysée. During the general election of June 1981, he ran for the office of Deputy for the Department of Corrèze.

He was the Director of Private Office for two spokespersons of the Governments of Pierre Mauroy: Max Gallo and Roland Dumas. 

He was a public auditor at the Cour des Comptes.

1988-1993 then 1997- 2012
He served as Deputy for the Department of Corrèze.
From 1993 to 1997, after losing another term-of-office as Deputy, he was chairperson of the Jacques Delors’ Témoin Club.

November 1994
He became National Secretary of the Socialist Party responsible for economic issues.

He was appointed Socialist Party Spokesperson by Lionel Jospin in 1995.

He was First Secretary of the Socialist Party.

He was Mayor of Tulle. 

He was President of the Corrèze Departmental Council.

March 2011
He ran for office in the Social Party primaries, which he won seven months later.

Mai 2012
François Hollande became the 7th President of the Fifth Republic.

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Updated : 14 December 2022