By  on May 7, 2012

PARIS — Pierre Bergé and Christian Lacroix were among the thousands who congregated at Place de la Bastille here Sunday night to celebrate the election of François Hollande as the new president of France.

“I can’t hide my relief and happiness,” said Lacroix, recalling that during the last Socialist regime of François Mitterrand, who served from 1981 to 1995, couturiers were invited — via then culture minister Jack Lang — to meet with the president. “No government helped fashion so much than the Socialists at that time.”

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