French President-Elect Francois Hollande: Key Dates

Francois Hollande was elected the seventh president of France’s Fifth Republic, which dates to 1958. Following are the key dates of his life and career.

* 1954, Aug. 12: born in Rouen (western France) to a doctor and a social worker

* 1968: Moves with his family to Paris

* 1971: High-school graduation

* 1974: Wins grant, travels to California for two months

* 1975: Graduates from Paris Institute of Political Sciences, HEC-Paris business school and passes an undergraduate law degree

* 1977: Military service

* 1979: Joins the Socialist Party, starts dating Segolene Royal

* 1980: Graduates from Ecole Nationale d’Administration

* 1981: Hired as aides to President Francois Mitterrand

* 1981, June: Loses his first electoral battle in Correze district against Jacques Chirac, who was to become President

* 1983: Chief of staff to Max Gallo, the government’s spokesman

* 1984: Birth of Thomas, Royal-Hollande’s first son

* 1986: Birth of Clemence, the couple’s first daughter

* 1987: Birth of Juline, the couple’s third child

* 1988: Wins first local mandate as Correze district deputy (mandate runs until 1993)

* 1992: Supports the Maastricht Treaty

* 1992: Birth of Flora, the couple’s fourth and last child

* 1993: Head the informal club “Temoin” to support Jacques Delors’ possible presidential bid

* 1994: Heads the Socialist Party’s economic-policy unit

* 1995: Socialist presidential candidate Lionel Jospin’s spokesman (Jospin lost to Chirac)

* 1997: Elected first secretary of the Socialist Party, re- elected as deputy of Correze

* 1999: European deputy from July to December

* 2001: Elected mayor of Tulle, the Correze district’s administrative center (until 2008)

* 2001: Supports Socialist Prime Minister Jospin’s decision to send French troops to Afghanistan

* 2002: Spokesman for Socialist presidential candidate Jospin, who was eliminated in first round against anti- immigration National Front candidate

* 2004: The Socialist Party wins 20 of France’s 22 regions in regional votes

* 2005: Supports the European Constitution in a referendum; most Socialist supporters vote against

* 2007: Segolene Royal runs for president and loses to Sarkozy

* 2007, June: Royal makes their separation public, Hollande wins back Correze deputy seat, member of the National Assembly Finance Committee

* 2008, March: Wins the Correze district presidency (still in power)

* 2008, September: Votes against sending more troops to Afghanistan

* 2008, November: Quits as Socialist Party head

* 2009, June: Makes first speech in presidential race

* 2009, November: Makes relationship with Paris Match magazine journalist Valerie Trierweiler public (after three years of partnership)

* 2011, March: Declares presidential candidacy

* 2011, May: Socialist rival Dominique Strauss-Kahn abandons presidential possible bid

* 2011, October: Wins Socialist nomination

* 2012, April 22: Wins the first round of the presidential race

* 2012, May 6: Wins French presidential election against Nicolas Sarkozy

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