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Francois Hollande Fast Facts

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updated 2:19 PM EDT, Thu July 24, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama escorts French President Francois Hollande for a review of the honor guard during a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, February 11. Hollande's three-day state visit is designed to underscore historic ties and a burgeoning security relationship between America and its oldest ally. U.S. President Barack Obama escorts French President Francois Hollande for a review of the honor guard during a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, February 11. Hollande's three-day state visit is designed to underscore historic ties and a burgeoning security relationship between America and its oldest ally.
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(CNN) -- Here is a look at the life of Francois Hollande, president of France.

Personal:
Birth date: August 12, 1954

Birthplace: Rouen, Normandy, France

Birth name: Francois Gerard Georges Hollande

Father: Georges Hollande, a physician

Mother: Nicole Tribert, a social worker

Children: with Segolene Royal: Flora, 1992; Julien, 1987; Clemence, 1986; Thomas, 1984

Education: Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris - Paris Institute of Political Studies, "Sciences Po"; École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris - International Business School of Paris; École nationale d'administration - National School of Administration

Military Service: French Army, 1977

Other Facts:
Is the first Socialist president since Francois Mitterrand left office in 1995.

When elected had been in a long-term relationship with journalist Valerie Trierweiler for several years.

Promises made during the campaign include renegotiating the austerity agreement, troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, lower retirement age and higher taxes for the very wealthy.

Taught economics at the elite Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, or Sciences Po.

Timeline:
1979 - Joins Socialist Party.

1981 - Aide to Socialist president Francois Mitterrand.

1981 - Is defeated by Jacques Chirac for French parliamentary seat.

1983-1984 - Member of staff for French Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy.

1983-1989 - Member of the City Council Ussel.

1988-1993 - Member of Parliament for Correze.

1994 - National Secretary of the Socialist Party for economic affairs.

1995-2001 - Council of Tulle member.

1997-2002 - Member of Parliament for Correze.

1997-2008 - First Secretary, Secretary General and leader of the Socialist Party.

2001-2008 - Mayor of Tulle.

2007 - Twenty-eight year relationship with the mother of his four children, Segolene Royal, formally ends. They were never married.

October 16, 2011 - Wins French presidential nomination for the Socialist Party, defeating candidates that include his former partner Segolene Royal.

April 22, 2012 - Receives 28.6% of the vote in France's presidential election, slightly ahead of Nicolas Sarkozy's 27.2%, forcing a May 6 runoff.

May 6, 2012 - Defeats Nicolas Sarkozy with 51.62% of the vote in runoff election for presidency of France.

May 15, 2012 - Inaugurated as president.

May 18-19, 2012 - Attends the U.S.-hosted G8 summit at Camp David, Maryland.

May 20-21, 2012 - Attends the U.S.-hosted NATO summit hosted in Chicago.

September 25, 2012 - Speaks at the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

January 25, 2014 - Announces the end of his seven-year relationship with journalist Valerie Trierweiler.

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