The French government is particularly active on Twitter with personal and institutional accounts for most of 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 as did Prime Minister @ManuelValls in late August 2014.

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 the president’s team has posted eight tweets so far, mainly personal reflection about key events such as #DDay and the football #World Cup. @FHollande has never sent or signed a tweet himself, contrary to his former partner @ValTrier who made headlines with her personal tweets. The @FHollande account is a campaign account used mainly to promote his campaign with the hashtag #FH2012 used 2,245 times, in almost every second tweet. The French President is not well connected on Twitter. He only follows Barack Obama who doesn’t follow him back and ignores the 64 other world leaders who follow him unilaterally.

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François Hollande


Président de la République française

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 01/09/2009
Language: French
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 3.09
Retweets: 0%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.03
Replies/Tweet: 0
Tweets retweeted: 100%
Most mentioned @MartineAubry (10), @pierremoscovici (7), @VincentFeltesse (6), @chevenement (5), @najatvb (4), @manuelvalls (4), @gerardcollomb (3), @RoyalSegolene (3), @jack (3), @jeanmarcayrault (3)

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Presidency of France Élysée

The Elysée Palace has been active on Twitter since April 2010, tweeting the agenda of the French President as the first tweet summed it up. The Elysée palace is quite active with more than seven tweets per day. It mentions other Twitter users in every other tweet, but replied only three times. The Elysée stayed neutral during the election campaign in 2012 neither following @FHollande nor @NicolasSarkozy. The @Elysee often uses six second Vine videos to capture the presidential activities. The French presidency has produced more than 50 Vines including a time lapse video of the Galette des Rois, the traditional French puff pastry cake rising in the Elysée's kitchen. The @Elysee palace is unilaterally followed by 70 other world leaders and is mutually following 21.

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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 November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 10/13/2008
Language: French
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 6.69
Retweets: 12%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.64
Tweets retweeted: 88%
Most mentioned @fhollande (903), @najatvb (83), @fil_gouv (74), @SLeFoll (49), @francediplo (35), @BarackObama (31), @gouvernementFR (31), @Elysee (22), @LaurentFabius (12), @fleurpellerin (12)

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Prime Minister of France Manuel Valls

Manuel Valls joined Twitter on 31 August 2009 when he was elected mayor of Evry and became French Prime Minister on 1 April 2014. However his Twitter account was dormant since the Socialists won the elections in May 2012. In late August 2014 Manuel Valls reactivated his personal Twitter account, deleting all 1,500 previous tweets. @ManuelValls tweets on average almost twice a day but is no longer conversational. His is mutually connected with only one foreign leader, namely the Prime Minister of Finland.

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Manuel Valls


Premier ministre

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 08/31/2009
Language: French
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.85
Retweets: 2%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.16
Replies/Tweet: 0.01
Tweets retweeted: 98%
Most mentioned @fhollande (3), @David_Cameron (2), @matteorenzi (2), @alexstubb (1), @BCazeneuve (1), @ecb (1), @SylviaPinel (1), @MVLeBarzic (1), @jphuchon (1), @Ed_Miliband (1)

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Government of France Gouvernement

@GouvernementFR is the new official Twitter channel of the French government recently renamed from @fil_gouv, the government’s newsfeed which tweets on average seven times per day. Two thirds of all the tweets are retweets, mainly of the @Matignon and the @Elysee accounts and the account often mentions other French government ministers. The French government makes a good use of videos from Dailymotion and posts infographics on its Tumblr account.

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Twitter officiel du Gouvernement français.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 11/16/2012
Language: French
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 7.85
Retweets: 64%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.19
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 35%
Most mentioned @manuelvalls (72), @MarisolTouraine (23), @gouvernementFR (22), @najatvb (18), @pierremoscovici (18), @jeanmarcayrault (17), @SLeFoll (16), @RoyalSegolene (12), @EducationFrance (12), @benoithamon (11)

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Government of France Matignon

The institutional Twitter account of the French prime minister’s office was set up under former Prime Minister Jean Marc Ayrault on 2 July 2012 and is named after the Hôtel Matignon, the official residence of the French prime minister. The account started to live tweet his first major address to parliament the following day, however since the change of government the account is dormant. The last tweet is a six-second Vine video of the arrival of Manuel Valls for the government handover on 1 April 2014. @Matignon is mutually following the Italian government @Palazzo_Chigi.

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Bienvenue sur le compte officiel du Premier ministre français, chef du gouvernement. Compte géré par le cabinet. Suivez aussi @gouvernementFR

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 06/29/2012
Language: French
Status: Dormant since 01.04.2014
Tweets/day: 4.47
Retweets: 19%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.53
Replies/Tweet: 0
Tweets retweeted: 80%
Most mentioned @jeanmarcayrault (1301), @France2tv (10), @pmharper (9), @ChTaubira (8), @RTLFrance (7), @montebourg (7), @Victor_Ponta (7), @najatvb (6), @salondubourget (6), @fetemusique (6)

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Foreign Minister of France Laurent Fabius

#Ukraine, #Syria and #Mali dominate the Twitter feed of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius who frequently promotes his upcoming TV and radio appearances on @BFMTV, @Europe1, @FranceInfo and @FranceInter radios. Laurent Fabius, who created the account on 2 March 2009, only started actively tweeting in late 2012 and is increasingly active tweeting over six times a day compared to once a day last year. Laurent Fabius does not tweet himself, but his team has made mutual Twitter connections with 99 other world leaders and is unilaterally following 335 world leaders.

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Laurent Fabius


Ministre des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international / Foreign Affairs and International…yJq

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 03/02/2009
Language: French
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 10.83
Retweets: 19%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.51
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 80%
Most mentioned @BFMTV (57), @AssembleeNat (53), @France_en_Chine (48), @fhollande (40), @franceinfo (38), @GermanyDiplo (37), @RMCinfo (34), @franceinter (33), @Europe1 (33), @BBCHARDtalk (29)

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Foreign Ministry of France France Diplomatie

The French foreign ministry is very well connected with other world leaders and ranks among the five best connected world leaders. The Quai d’Orsay tweets in French (@FranceDiplo), English (@FranceDiplo_EN), Spanish (@FranceDiplo_ES) and Arabic (@FranceDiplo_AR). @Francediplo tweets on average 15 times a day, frequently mentioning Foreign Minister @LaurentFabius, the @Elysee and its missions in New York @Franceonu and Geneva @FranceONUGeneve. The hashtags of the Central African Republic, #RCA, #Syria and #Ukraine also dominate the French foreign ministry’s Twitter stream which also organizes regular Google+ hangouts and Twitter Q&As (#QRdiplo) with its senior diplomatic staff. The Quay d’Orsay also curates a several Twitter lists including one with its 105 embassies and missions on abroad. The Foreign ministry 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 November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 04/08/2009
Language: French
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 17
Retweets: 38%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.46
Replies/Tweet: 0.09
Tweets retweeted: 58%
Most mentioned @LaurentFabius (329), @MatthiasFekl (30), @AnnickGirardin (27), @Elysee (27), @fhollande (21), @ConseilsVoyages (21), @franceonu (19), @fleurpellerin (19), @AuswaertigesAmt (16), @harlemdesir (14)

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