French president François Hollande: a strong majority of voters want neither him  nor his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy to be candidates next year but both fight on. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

One year before the first round of the French presidential election, clear favourites have emerged from the ruling socialist and opposition Les Républ(...)

Emmanuel Macron: Both “Libération” and “Le Figaro” devoted four pages to him in their Friday editions. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

“En Marche!” – “On the march!” or “Forward!” the French economy minister Emmanuel Macron baptised the political movement he launched in his home town (...)

If you tire of the city, and of wineries, take a relaxing a trip to the amazing beaches of Arcachon or the nearby  Saint-Emilion

A deputation of Bordelais officials travelled to Dublin recently to present the Irish press corps with some compelling reasons to visit their city. I (...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy leaves  the  Paris court house:He  has repeatedly denied knowledge of   some €18 million in false invoices issued by the Bygmalion event organisation company that meant his campaign costs were more than double the legal limit. Photograph:  Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under investigation on Tuesday in a scandal over irregularities in his 2012 re-election campaign fi(...)

Former French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault: to succeed Laurent Fabius as foreign minister. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

French president François Hollande on Thursday appointed former prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to succeed Laurent Fabius as foreign minister and bro(...)

A lot of nerve: Bruno Le Maire and  Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

For such a polite, well-bred young man, Bruno Le Maire has a lot of nerve. The conservative deputy in the National Assembly, a former high-ranking civ(...)

The  UEFA Euro 2016 European football championship will take place in France from June 10 to July 10, 2016. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The city of Bordeaux intends to send out a “bienvenue” to Irish football fans next summer, French officials have promised. Ireland play Belgium in B(...)

Marine Le Pen: the leader of France’s far-right  Front National had predicted the party  would take five regions in the elections. Photograph: Denis Charlet/AFP/Getty Images

France had expected the Front National (FN) to take several regions, for the first time ever, in the December 6th-13th regional elections. Marine Le P(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls delivers a government statement on Greece at the National Assembly in Paris. France would do all it could to keep Greece in the euro zone, he said on Wednesday. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

French prime minister Manuel Valls fervently opposes the expulsion of Greece from the euro zone and says that rescheduling or writing down Greek debt (...)

‘Forty years on, this very French, eclectic gathering, lubricated by copious wine and fromages to die for, provided some telling snapshots of the country’s, and particularly its left’s, uncertain, confused, and depressed mood and the langueur of its politics.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Paris in the springtime. Around the tables in the country garden on this balmy evening, pals, old schoolfriends, and family celebrated last weekend on(...)