Francois Hollande, president of France since May 15, 2012, is the second Socialist president of the Fifth Republic.
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.
Has 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.