The Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2012
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7 mai 2012
With Francois Hollande's election as France's first Socialist president in 17 years, Europe now must deal with a major leader who has promised to push a different approach to resolving the continent's debt crisis. Hollande's message, that the German insistence on austerity must be tempered with plans to stimulate economic growth, helped propel him to a decisive win Sunday over incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy, with nearly 52% of the vote. Hollande, 57, is expected to take over May 15 from Sarkozy, who became the first sitting French leader to lose a reelection bid in more than 30 years. "In the whole of Europe it's time for change," Hollande told cheering crowds who gathered to hear his victory speech in Paris early Monday.