Jean-Marie Le Pen said he would fight any disciplinary action by the party’s leadership and would seek the party’s candidacy for the presidency of the southeastern Provence, Alps and Cote d’Azur region, a move his daughter opposes. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

French National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen rejected on Friday a call from his daughter, the party’s leader, to leave politics over comments he ma(...)

 French   National Front leader Marine Le Pen is kissed by her father Jean-Marie Le Pen after she was   re-elected as president of the party. The party  is in “an unprecedented crisis”, Ms Le Pen told ‘Le Monde’. Photograph: Laurent Cipriani/AP

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the 86-year-old founder of the extreme right-wing National Front (FN), risks losing his title of honorary president and even expul(...)

Flat business investment remains a drag on the improving economic outlook for the euro zone’s second-largest economy

French firms will benefit from bigger tax rebates on their investments as part of reforms announced on Wednesday to boost business activity.Flat busin(...)

Andreas Lubitz: Prosecutors have declined to confirm or deny the pilot was in treatment for depression. Photograph: Getty Images

Düsseldorf prosecutors say Germanwings first officer Andreas Lubitz crashed flight 9525 in the French Alps on Tuesday after hiding an illness from his(...)

A screengrab taken from an AFP TV video  showing search and rescue personnel near scattered debris while making their way through the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps above the southeastern town of Seyne. Photograph: AFP 2:24

“The first message I sent when I reached the ground was that there are certainly no survivors,” said Dr Frédéric Petitjean. The rescue doctor, who (...)

The rector of the mosque of Bordeaux, Tareq Oubrou, looks on during a speech by the French interior minister in February. Getty Images

French authorities are counting on the country’s Muslim establishment to combat extremism in their community.In a speech to the National Assembly fol(...)

Members of the French community play Petanque at a club on in Netanya, Israel. French authorities estimate that as many as 150,000 French Jews live in Israel, and the number of new arrivals has been rising in recent years. Photograph: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

It could almost pass for a seaside town in Brittany. A spring storm has brought hammering rain and gale force gusts of wind, leaving the normally bust(...)

French champion sailor Florence Arthaud in Paris, French Olympic gold medallist swimmer Camille Muffat, and French Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine died when two helicopters filming the survival series Dropped smashed into each other in the mountains of La Rioja province of Argentina. Photograph: Getty Images

France is grieving for three champion athletes and five cameramen and journalists who died when two helicopters collided in northwest Argentina durin(...)

European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis: confirmed Italy and Belgium would not be placed into ‘excessive deficit procedure’. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

France was given an extra two years to reach its budget deficit target by Brussels yesterday, as the European Commission published its assessments (...)

First Obama. Now Hollande. The temptation, when you are being thwarted by legislators, to rule by executive authority is catching. The Wall Street Jou(...)