French President François Hollande confirmed at a press conference on May 16, that the course set for the second year of his mandate would give priority to economic recovery and employment. For La Tribune, “François Hollande is more social-democratic than ever.”

"François Hollande has made European policy ‘the number one objective‘ for his year II,” notes the business news website, which explains that “this policy will be based on four pillars: a new European governmental authority, a plan to help young people enter the workforce, a European energy community and a step towards budgetary integration.” All of this amounts to —

… a clear affirmation that Germany, in spite of its economic power, does not control the leadership of Europe. In other words, without France, there will be no progress on European integration. Obviously, François Hollande wants to be the man who relaunches Europe...