François Hollande's victory may represent change for not just France, but Europe as a whole.
President Hollande says France will deliver at least one of the two helicopter carriers promised to Moscow, to the consternation of EU allies calling for military sanctions against Russia.
France has Western Europe's largest Muslim and Jewish populations, and crises in the Middle East, like the one triggered by the Gaza offensive, often spill into France.
Nicolas Sarkozy spent much of Tuesday being questioned about possible influence peddling within the French government.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls passed his first vote of confidence yesterday and won press plaudits. But the challenge of revitalizing Hollande's unpopular policies is daunting.
President Hollande's Socialists were trounced in municipal elections where the far-right National Front saw minor gains. But the real winner may be the Socialists' rival, the center-right UMP.
While vacationing in Florida, President Barack Obama reached out to the leaders of Britain, Italy, France, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia to discuss Russia's occupation of the Crimea peninsula Saturday.
Moral concerns appear to have outweighed public disapproval of the deployment in the national assembly's vote Tuesday.
The French president, who once said he didn’t 'like the rich,' hopes to convince US tech leaders, including Facebook and Google, that they should bring their investments and ideas to France.
Presidents Obama and Hollande are showcasing their unity on such issues as Iran and Syria, but the evening will be all about caviar from Illinois, beef from Colorado, and chocolate from Hawaii.
The first full state visit to Washington by a French president in 20 years comes amid tight Franco-American relations, both diplomatically and militarily.