Sophie de Menthon with Emmanuel Macron: “What I did for four years in the private sector is very useful for what I am doing today.”

French prime minister Manuel Valls introduces his economy minister Emmanuel Macron as “the star of my government”. Macron was appointed in an emergenc(...)

Martine Aubry of the French Socialist Party  “It’s not too late to succeed, on condition we take the right path for the next two years.”   Photograph: Samuel Dietz/Getty Images

President François Hollande must have dreaded the day when Martine Aubry would break her silence. The mayor of Lille remains “la dame des 35 heures”, (...)

Pharmacists hold a banner reading “Our health – Not at the supermarket” as they demonstrate during a national protest against a government reform plan to deregulate their profession in Nantes on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

in Paris A strike yesterday by thousands of pharmacists, doctors, dentists, lawyers, notaries and other members of liberal professions was the latest(...)

Angela Merkel: facing a bleak autumn thanks to Ukraine uncertainty and Russian sanctions

German television viewers were treated to an unlikely spectacle this week: a chancellor who lands in bed with a French president. TV movie the Stat(...)

Arriving in Brussels last Saturday ahead of a summit to choose the next head of the European Council, Taoiseach Enda Kenny was unequivocal about the m(...)

Fuzzy policies: François Hollande speaks in the rain this week. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

François Hollande loves historic commemorations so much that he’s already made 25 speeches about the two World Wars. As his government collapsed la(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls: the European Commission said the new French government must speed up its reform plan. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

The European Central Bank has stepped up preparations for a new scheme to fight deflation by appointing BlackRock to advise on a possible bond- buy(...)

French president François:  has gone from saying ‘finance is the enemy’ during the 2012 presidential campaign to espousing supply-side economics. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

France’s rebel economy minister Arnaud Montebourg was replaced yesterday in the new government by Emmanuel Macron (36), the outgoing deputy secretary (...)

Secretary general of the Elysee Palace Jean-Pierre Jouyet announces the new list of government ministers after a cabinet reshuffle at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France, today. Photograph: EPA

President Francois Hollande has replaced his maverick leftist economy minister with a former Rothschild partner in a reshuffle intended to reconcile h(...)

For the second time in four months French President François Hollande has reshuffled his Socialist government, this time in response to a cabinet spli(...)