Francois Hollande shot down David Cameron's hopes of talking about EU treaty change negotiations today.
President Francois Hollande is being plagued by affair allegations - but he is not the first French politician to be embroiled in scandal.
French magazine Closer will remove a report from its website that alleges President Francois Hollande was having an affair with an actress.
The former partner of Francois Hollande has been appointed to the French president's new cabinet as environment and energy secretary.
The return of Segolene Royal, who ran for president herself in 2007, comes amid a cabinet reshuffle after heavy losses for the ruling socialists in local elections.
President Hollande of France sacked his Prime Minister, after a terrible set of results for their socialist party over the weekend. France's far-right National Front party triumphed at the polls, gaining its greatest election success to date.
The party won a number of new seats in wealthy towns across the south of the country.
In a televised speech, a humble Hollande promised voters he had heard their vote against his party, and promised to listen and "start a new state."
Europe Editor James Mates reports.
French President Francois Hollande has named Interior Minister Manuel Valls as the new prime minister.
In a prerecorded televised speech Hollande said Valls would lead a "combative government". Hollande also said it was "time to start a new state" after his Socalist party suffered heavy losses in elections.
French President Francois Hollande is to address the nation at 7pm after the country's prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has reportedly offered his resignation after the Socialist party's poor result in the local elections.
French Parliament channel reporting PM Jean-Marc Ayrault has offered resignation which Pres Hollande has accepted. #France
French president Francois Hollande is preparing a "major reshuffle" of his ministerial team after a poor performance from his Socialist Party in local elections
Mr Hollande is set to make a televised statement this afternoon, with his prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault among those who may lose out.
Francois Rebsamen, a Socialist senator and long-time ally of Mr Hollande, said: "I don't see how there won't be a major reshuffle."
French voters have dealt a severe blow to Francois Hollande's Socialist government in local elections.
The anti-immigration far right, which claims that France's large Muslim population is "Islamicising" the nation, made solid advances, fulfilling National Front promises to begin building a grass-roots base.
Socialist leaders conceded defeat in the final round of the voting seen as a referendum on unpopular President Hollande, who was expected to reshuffle the cabinet in an effort to give his government a boost.
France's ruling Socialist party looks set to retain control of Paris as their candidate, Anne Hidalgo becomes the city's first female mayor.
President Francois Hollande's party is heading for a big defeat in local elections as the centre-right UMP claims victory. The far-right Front Nationale party of Marine Le Pen are also tipped to make several gains.
A minor consolation for President Francois Hollande's ruling Socialists on a dreadful night in the French local elections is the anticipated victory in the Paris town hall for their candidate Anne Hidalgo, who will become the city's first female mayor.
ITV News Europe Editor James Mates has tweeted:
On a truly terrible night for Pres Hollande, it does look like the socialist Anne Hildago will be the 1st female mayor of Paris. #france
TV exit polls placed Ms Hidalgo on 54.5 per cent, which will see her retain control of the French capital's town hall for the Socialists.
Exit polls show that the ruling French left gets 42% of the vote in local elections, behind the opposition Conservatives on 49%.
Polls suggest the French far-right National Front party of Marine Le Pen has failed to win biggest prizes - the city of Perpignan.
Exit polls suggest the French far right have failed to win one of their biggest prizes of the night: Perpignan.