Francois Hollande is a French politician and the current president of France. Hollande was elected as President of France on 6 May 2012, defeating Nicolas Sarkozy.
Unlike his teetotalling predecessor, Hollande has gone on record in support of the French wine industry, saying, ‘like many Frenchman, I am seduced by the excellence of the wine our country produces. I enjoy wine tasting with friends and family… and I often open a good bottle to celebrate big events.'
During the election campaign, Hollande accused Sarkozy of 'betraying the wine industry', and 'supporting the abandonment of laws governing plantation rights' – something which he said was essential for allowing winemakers to make a living from their production.