François Hollande has worked his way up in France’s left Socialist party. He’s been waiting for his big break for a long time. When he was a young child, he would tell his mother that “when I grow up, I am going to be the President of France.”
Born on August 12, 1954 in Rouen to a middle-class couple, Georges Hollande and Nicole Tribert, Hollande had humble beginnings (his father was a medical doctor and his mother a social worker). He was raised in a Catholic school but made it all the way to the HEC business school, ENA Strasbourg, and then eventually to the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. Despite these accomplishments, he still seems to exhibit his humble roots. But for a long time, despite being the head of the Socialist Party for eleven years, Hollande remained a quiet personality throughout the world of politics.
In 2011, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, one of the leading Socialists and presidential favorite, was arrested on sex assault charges in New York. The charges were eventually dropped, but the damage to his reputation was done. Strauss-Kahn’s demise led to the rise of Hollande.
In his current presidential campaign, Hollande, whose motto is “Change is Now!” insists that the tax burden has risen under President Nicolas Sarkozy and will continue to rise no matter who wins the presidency.
Even with that claim, Hollande insists he is a modest man, especially when compared with President Nicolas Sarkozy. Sarkozy is known in France as the “President Bling-Bling” but Hollande has done his best to be the anti-Sarkozy, or “Mr. Normal.” This could be more acceptable to voters during the present tight economic times.