The French government is particularly active on Twitter with personal and institutional accounts for all its ministers. Most of them are well connected especially Foreign Minister @LaurentFabius, who is the best connected world leader on Twitter. President François Hollande has reactivated his personal account in early January 2014 and Prime Minister @ManuelValls in late 2014.

Tweets from France leaders

President of France François Hollande

The personal account of François Hollande was particularly active during the election campaign in 2012 with an average of 21 tweets per day. However the account fell silent on 18 May 2012 when he became president but continued to grow in terms of followers. The account was revived on 1 January 2014 and in the first quarter of 2015, the French President has been much more active on Twitter, taking this channel as a personal connexion with French citizens. The tone is warm and proximate is using the first person in order to comment on news and decisions. François Hollande is increasingly including pictures, and tagging other Twitter users. His tweets focus on various official events such as the International Women’s Day, sports news as well as more tragic events such as the attacks against the editorial offices of Charlie Hebdo, the Bardo museum in Tunisia and the Germanwings crash. The French President is not well connected on Twitter. He unilaterally follows Saudi Arabia’s @KingSalman and @BarackObama who don’t follow him back and he ignores the 101 other world leaders who follow him unilaterally.

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François Hollande


Président de la République française

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 01/09/2009
Language: French
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 2.72
Retweets: 0%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.03
Replies/Tweet: 0.00
Tweets retweeted: 100%
Most mentioned @MartineAubry (10), @pierremoscovici (7), @VincentFeltesse (6), @chevenement (5), @najatvb (4), @manuelvalls (4), @LaurentFabius (3), @jack (3), @jeanmarcayrault (3), @gerardcollomb (3).
Average of retweets 83

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Presidency of France Élysée

The Elysée Palace has been active on Twitter since April 2010, tweeting the agenda and speeches of the French President. The Elysée palace is quite active with more than eight tweets per day. It mentions other Twitter users in most of its tweets, but the account is not conversational having never sent an @reply. However at the end of March 2015 the Elysee’s social media team has set up the @Elysee_com account designed specifically for two-way interaction with other Twitter users. Interestingly the Elysée account stayed neutral during the election campaign in 2012 neither following @FHollande nor @NicolasSarkozy. The @Elysee’s video team has become masters in the use of Vine videos capturing the presidential activities in six seconds. The @Elysee palace is unilaterally followed by 85 other world leaders and is mutually following 23.

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Bienvenue sur le compte officiel de la Présidence de la République française et du Palais de l'Élysée. Interactions sur @Elysee_Com #DirectPR

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 10/13/2008
Language: French
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 8.06
Retweets: 12%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.82
Tweets retweeted: 88%
Most mentioned @fhollande (1741), @SLeFoll (82), @gouvernementFR (60), @fil_gouv (32), @najatvb (28), @manuelvalls (18), @Elysee (14), @BarackObama (13), @imarabe (12), @COP21 (11).
Average of retweets 56

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Prime Minister of France Manuel Valls

Manuel Valls created his Twitter account on 31 August 2009 when he was elected mayor of Evry but the account went silent when the Socialist Party won the elections in May 2012. Several months after becaming French Prime Minister on 1 April 2014 he reactivated his Twitter account. @ManuelValls is very active and posts on average 1.5 tweets per day. Despite being in the first person the tweets are vey official, including live twets of his peeches and interviews. The account makes good use of pictures and videos and personal tweets are signed “MV” but @mentions of other Twitter users are scarce. Despite being followed by 21 other world leaders @ManuelValls is only mutually connected with Malta’s @JosephMuscat_JM and Spain’s @MarianoRajoy.

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 08/31/2009
Language: French
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.58
Retweets: 3%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.13
Replies/Tweet: 0.00
Tweets retweeted: 97%
Most mentioned @fhollande (3), @Cisco (2), @David_Cameron (2), @BCazeneuve (2), @Fred_Barbier (2), @matteorenzi (2), @Number10gov (1), @SylviaPinel (1), @Ed_Miliband (1), @philharmonie (1).
Average of retweets 266

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Government of France Gouvernement

@GouvernementFR is the official Twitter channel of the French government renamed from @fil_gouv. It acts as the government’s newsfeed centralizing and distributing all the important news from government’s members with an average of eleven tweets per day. This is also why nearly two thirds of its twets are retweets, well balanced between prime minister’s decisions, presidential news and other ministers. The account shares many pictures and infographics, often using Twitter’s tagging feature. The French government makes a good use of videos from Dailymotion and posts infographics on its Tumblr account. Since 2 December 2014 the French government also maintains an English language account @French_Gov but the former @Matignon account has been mothballed.

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Twitter officiel du Gouvernement français. #TousUnisContrelaHaine

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 11/16/2012
Language: French
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 11.55
Retweets: 59%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.26
Replies/Tweet: 0.02
Tweets retweeted: 41%
Most mentioned @manuelvalls (219), @gouvernementFR (36), @najatvb (27), @LaLoiFrance2 (22), @MarisolTouraine (21), @France2tv (20), @TF1 (16), @SLeFoll (14), @BCazeneuve (14), @RoyalSegolene (13).
Average of retweets 70

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Foreign Minister of France Laurent Fabius

France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is the best connected world leader, maintaining mutual Twitter relations with 100 of his peers and other world leaders. @LaurentFabius does not tweet himself but his team is very active tweeting on average more than eight times per day. #Ukraine, #Iraq and #Syria are the main foreign policy hashtags, however #COP21 and #Climate change are becoming more important as the French Foreign Minister prepares to host the UN Climate Change conference in Paris in December 2015. The COP21 meeting is also promoted on his and the foreign ministry’s header picture. The account often retweets tweet s from @FranceDiplo as well as the @Elysee Palace and its UN Mission @Franceonu. The account makes good use of pictures of his meetings and foreign visits.

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 03/02/2009
Language: French
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 8.36
Retweets: 20%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.48
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 80%
Most mentioned @BFMTV (51), @franceinter (48), @franceinfo (34), @fhollande (34), @AssembleeNat (33), @itele (32), @France_en_Chine (32), @JohnKerry (32), @BBCHARDtalk (29), @FrCh50 (29).
Average of retweets 18

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Foreign Ministry of France France Diplomatie

The French foreign ministry is very well connected with 91 other world leaders and therefore ranks as the third best connected government institutions. The Quai d’Orsay tweets in French (@FranceDiplo), English (@FranceDiplo_EN), Spanish (@FranceDiplo_ES) and Arabic (@FranceDiplo_AR). @Francediplo tweets on average more than 17 times per day, and more than a third are retweets of @LaurentFabius, the @Elysee and its missions to the UN (@Franceonu) and the EU (@RPFranceUE). The most used hashtag on the account are #climate and #COP21 in preparation ot the UN Climate Summit in Paris also featured in its header picture. The third most popular hashtag is #1jour1fenêtre profiling the views from the French embassies worldwide. The Quay d’Orsay also curates seven Twitter lists including one with its 114 embassies and missions abroad. The Foreign ministry also has a blog and the team curates a hilarious Tumblr with fun animated Gifs of diplomatic moments

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France Diplomatie


Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international - Quai d'Orsay. Aussi sur @francediplo_EN @francediplo_AR @francediplo_ES @ConseilsVoyages

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Joined Twitter: 04/08/2009
Language: French
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 17.66
Retweets: 38%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.45
Replies/Tweet: 0.06
Tweets retweeted: 59%
Most mentioned @LaurentFabius (283), @MatthiasFekl (59), @harlemdesir (43), @AnnickGirardin (39), @franceonu (39), @CampusFrance (17), @ConseilsVoyages (16), @AFD_France (16), @fhollande (15), @OIFfrancophonie (14).
Average of retweets 23

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