French Far-Right Front National co-founder Jean-Marie Le Pen arrives for a news briefing at the end of a hearing of the executive committee of the party at their headquarters in Nanterre, near Paris, August 20th, 2015. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Jean-Marie Le Pen, a co-founder of France’s far-right National Front, was expelled from the party on Thursday after he repeatedly angered its current(...)

A challenge for Europe

It took the deaths of 800 refugees in a single incident in the Mediterranean, last April, to spur European leaders into action. But while they promise(...)

Jean-Marie Le Pen: his daughter sought to prevent him from tarnishing her bid for power as she looks to France’s 2017 presidential election. Photograph: Alain  Jocard /AFP/Getty

A French court on Tuesday blocked French National Front leader Marine Le Pen’s efforts to strip her father Jean-Marie Le Pen of the title of honorary (...)

Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who is facing prosecution for allegedly inciting hatred. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

The mayor of Rotterdam – the only immigrant Muslim mayor of a major European city – has challenged right-wing politician Geert Wilders to spell out ho(...)

A eurosceptic implosion

The crisis affecting Europe’s single currency has been a boon to Eurosceptic parties across the continent, as voters have become disenchanted with the(...)

Historic Catholic cathedral  Notre Dame de Paris: the controversy over using French churches as mosques is polarising politicians, intellectuals and media

The conservative weekly Valeurs Actuelles blames Dalil Boubakeur, rector of Paris’s Grand Mosque and president of the French Council of Muslims, for t(...)

Alternative für Deutschland’s  (AfD) new leader  Frauke Petry smiles  at the party congress in Essen, western Germany, at the weekend.  Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

The Eurosceptic Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) is facing a split after a weekend putsch saw Prof Bernd Lucke, the party’s founder, ousted by a ha(...)

France’s far-right Front National  founder and honorary president Jean-Marie Le Pen gesturing on stage with his daughter, Marine,  with whom he is at logger heads. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty

A French court cancelled Jean-Marie Le Pen’s suspension from the far-right National Front (FN) party yesterday in a ruling that shone a spotlight back(...)

France’s National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen holds a press conference at the European Parliament on Tuesday to announce a new grouping of European far-right parties. Photograph: AFP Photo/ Emmanuel Dunand

Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders and far-right leaders from Italy, Austria and Belgium have combined to form a common bloc in the European Parliament, a y(...)

‘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(...)