Melissa Bell speaks to Charles Cogan, the former Paris head of the CIA (from 1984 to 1989), about the French presidential elections. They focus particularly on the impact that the election is likely to have on French foreign policy. Will the election of François Hollande mark a big change in policy, or will it signify more of the same?
Victories by anti-austerity parties in France and Greece on Sunday sent European shares sliding Monday. The biggest upset was in Greece, where shares traded 8.2% lower, while Germany's DAX fell by 1.4% and the French CAC index by 1.2%.
It's the morning after the night before - and the French press are celebrating the victory of its first Socialist president in 17 years. There won't be much of a honeymoon though - we look at the challenges ahead.
Jubilant supporters of François Hollande swarmed into the symbolic Place de la Bastille on Sunday night to celebrate the Socialist candidate's victory at the polls. It was a party they had waited a long time to hold.
Left-wing candidate François Hollande has defeated incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday's runoff, exit polls say, becoming the first Socialist to win a presidential election since François Mitterrand in 1988.