Francois Hollande initially proposed to deliver €21 billion in savings next year but subsequently added €3.6 billion in a plan to bring the country’s public deficit down from 4.4 per cent of gross domestic product

The French parliament approved President Francois Hollande’s revised 2015 deficit-cutting budget on Thursday, although it remains to be seen whether t(...)

French lawyers protest against proposed reforms of the legal sector.

France’s government proposed a pro-growth reform bill on Wednesday that is crucial for avoiding EU sanctions but risks being watered down by left-w(...)

German chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats   Angela Merkel  after she was re-elected as party chairwoman at the annual CDU party congress  in Cologne. Photograph:   Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel has secured her 15th straight year as head of the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) with 96.7 per cent support, (...)

A picture dated 22nd June 2013 shows Serge Lazarevic’s daughter, Diane (centre) holding a portrait of her father as she participates in a rally to demand release of hostages after 1,000 days of detention, in Paris, France. French President Francois Hollande announced the liberation of France’s last remaining hostage, Franco-Serbian Serge Lazarevic, who had been captured in Mali in November 2011 by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI). Photograph: Marlene Awaad/EPA

President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that the last French citizen held hostage, a 50-year-old man seized in 2011 by Al Qaeda’s north African ar(...)

Ségolène Royal and Francois Hollande in 2006. The former partners were both raised by strict, religious, right-wing fathers. Photograph: Jean-Marc Loos/Reuters

The French are passionate about love and politics, and politics play a significant role in their relationships, political sociologist Anne Muxel ob(...)

French president Francois Hollande (left) addresses the media with the president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, in Astana on December 5th, 2014. Photograph: Reuters/Mukhtar Kholdorbekov

French president Francois Hollande will hold talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Saturday, the Kremlin said.The Kremlin gave no f(...)

Members of parliament applaud after the vote in the French National Assembly on Tuesday in favour of recognition of a Palestinian state. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

French lawmakers have urged their government to recognise Palestine, a symbolic move that will not immediately affect France’s diplomatic stance but d(...)

Myriam Bello, who is only permitted to work 30 hours a week at a New-Look clothing store, in Cergy, France. Photograph: The New York Times

On a recent weekday, Saifi Ahlem caught a 5 am Metro to get to her job as a passengers’ assistant at Orly Airport, where she often works 44 hours a we(...)

A demonstrator stands near fire in Toulouse during a protest against police brutality. Photograph: Getty Images

Protesters clashed with police in southern France on Saturday over the death of a young activist killed by a police grenade, in the latest of a series(...)

 French president Francois Hollande .  and actor  Julie Gayet: photographs of  them  seated together  at a table in the garden of the Élysée Palace last month have surfaced. Photographs:  Sean Gallup and  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

Ever since the gossip magazine Closer broke the story of French president François Hollande’s secret love affair with actor Julie Gayet last January,(...)