Only 73 French people have been interred in the Pantheon in Paris, more than half by Napoleon. “Pantheonisation” is one of the last privileges left to a French president, but like everything else, it has turned into a dilemma for François Hollande. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

It was a day devoted to the quest for heroes, in an age that no longer seems to produce them. Three former prime ministers, six of France’s leading hi(...)

France’s president François Hollande walks away from budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac after a minor government reshuffle, outside the Elysee Palace in Paris, on July 4th last. Photograph: Philippe Wojaze/Reuters

In the midst of a scandal last spring, when France’s budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac was forced to resign because he had stashed money in offshore acco(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel addressing the audience at the annual German Savings Banks Association meeting in Dresden last Thurday. A leaked French socialist party commission document referred to the “selfish intransigence of Chancellor Merkel, who thinks only of German depositors, Berlin’s trade balance and her electoral future”. Photograph: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

After nine hours of debate, a French socialist party commission has agreed to excise an aggressive phrase regarding “the selfish intransigence (...)

Demonstrators wearing Phrygian caps, the symbol of the French republic since the 1789 revolution, wave the national flag during a rally to protest against French president François Hollande’s social reform on same-sex marriage in Paris, on Sunday. Photograph: Thibault Camus/AP

The French National Assembly will this afternoon pass a law making France the 14th country in the world to recognise same-sex marriage. The vot(...)

French foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius whose declaration was the most eagerly awaited. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

a third of President François Hollande’s 33 cabinet ministers jumped the gun, publicly declaring the value of their apartments, houses, (...)