Lightning sparks Hollande’s French presidency

May 16, 2012 • Business

People shake hands with President-elect Francois Hollande as he arrives at the City Hall of Paris, France, Tuesday, May 15, 2012. (AP Photo / Laurent Cipriani)

PARIS (AP) — Socialist Francois Hollande assumed France’s presidency Tuesday, inheriting a country fearful for its financial future and jetting off immediately to Berlin to tackle his most pressing problem: Europe’s debt crisis.

A flash of lightning nearly derailed Hollande’s blitz diplomatic foray, striking his plane and sending him briefly back to a Paris area military airbase.

But Hollande quickly switched Falcon jets, flew to Berlin, and took steps toward bridging differences with German Chancellor Angela Merkel over how to reinvigorate Europe’s economy and its global influence. Right Login to read more

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