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Global News Blog Hollande's hometown says goodbye to François, hello to Monsieur le Président

French President-elect François Hollande spent election weekend in Tulle, where he got his political start and had a reputation as an approachable, hands-on local official.

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For the next five years, France’s president-elect François Hollande of the Socialist Party will go by “Monsieur le Président.” But in this central France town of about 16,000, where he has been in politics for about 30 years, he will always be known as “François.” Residents here know him by his first name – and he knows theirs. 

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