Hollande's policies propose recruiting 60,000 state-employed school teachers if elected in a reversal of staff cuts under Sarkozy, but he has also gone to lengths to say he is no spend-happy leftist but a cautious moderate vowing to reduce France's public deficit to 3 per cent of the GDP.
Francois Hollande, the French president-elect, rides a scooter to work and shuns the showbiz style that is the hallmark of Nicolas Sarkozy, the man he unseated.
Le Figaro today said it had obtained secret government plans not to replace two out of three retiring civil servants bar in education, justice and security. President Hollande said the reported plan was "unbelievable".
Mr Hollande is due to raise taxes by 29 billion euros in the next 18 months as he seeks to bring down France's state deficit to 4.5 per cent of GDP by 2013. But with slower than expected growth forecasts, economists say he will have no option but to make drastic public spending cuts
Mr Hollande - the first Socialist to win the French presidency since Francois Mitterrand in the 1980s - gave his victory speech in his stronghold of Tulle in central France.
He said he was "proud to have been capable of giving people hope again".
Mr Hollande - who polled just under 52% of votes in Sunday's run-off - spoke of his pride at becoming president.
A former Socialist party leader, he is a jovial, wise-cracking believer in consensus politics, who aides say never loses his rag and who so hates fights that he was once nicknamed "the marshmallow" within his own party, or "Flanby", after a wobbly caramel pudding. When, at the start of the year, Hollande still zipped around Paris on his sensible, three-wheeler scooter, one MP in his party warned he looked "more like a pizza delivery man" than the next president.
In a gymnasium in a poor mixed suburb in the north of Paris, the crowd chanted "François president! François president!" A small, bespectacled figure took to the stage with outstretched arms. "I don't want ghettos in the republic, not ghettos for the poor, not ghettos for the rich!" hammered the Socialist François Hollande, his voice hoarse from a bruising schedule of campaign rallies fuelled by honey throat-lozenges.
Francis Holland graduated from HEC Paris and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. He is an alumnus of the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA), promoting Voltaire in 1980.
Francis Holland was born August 12, 1954 in Rouen. He has four children and cohabiting with journalist Valérie TRIERWEILER.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is heading into a presidential runoff election against Socialist contender and front-runner Francois Hollande, in a vote that could alter Europe's political and economic landscape.