François Hollande seeks to reassure UK and City of London (The Guardian)
"Hollande brushed aside suggestions that he was a leftwing ideologue and dismissed comparisons with the initial fear greeting François Mitterrand’s election in 1981.
“The 1980s was a different era. People said there would be Soviet tanks on the Place de La Concorde. That era is over, it’s history. It’s normal there were fears then. There had been 23 years of the right in power, the cold war was on and Mitterrand nominated Communist ministers to government. Today there are no Communists in France. Or not many … the left was in government for 15 years in which we liberalised the economy and opened up the markets to finance and privatisations. There is no big fear.”"