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(...)

A family at war

The Trinity philosopher, the late Francis La Touche Godfrey, would describe to students with a chuckle the long-term survival challenge for antiquity’(...)

 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(...)

‘President Obama praised the contribution Irish people had made to the building of America.’ Above, President  Obama with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at  a St Patricks Day reception in the East Room of the White House.  Photograph:  BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

The Taoiseach has bewailed the lot of the undocumented Irish in the United States, those who cannot come home to Ireland for family funerals because t(...)

Marine Le Pen spoke about freedom recently while calling for restrictions on religious freedom. Photograph: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty

We all like to link we’re politically savvy and can spot propaganda a mile off. But are we just intercepting the obvious stuff – patriotic flag-wav(...)

Francois Hollande: his party’s control of the national assembly was weakened by the defection last month of one of its deputies to the far left

President François Hollande’s ruling Socialists won a hotly contested parliamentary byelection in eastern France yesterday, narrowly beating a Nationa(...)

French president François  Hollande:    invited Alexis Tsipras to visit Paris soon and promised “that France will be beside Greece in this important period for its future”.  Ian Langsdon/Reuters

The victory of the far-left Syriza in Greece is seen in France as an opportunity for President François Hollande to play a more important role in Euro(...)

Nicolas Sarkozy: he said prime minister Manuel Valls comparison of  France to the former apartheid regime in South Africa was “a moral error”. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

The “sacred union” forged by president François Hollande during three days of Islamist violence that killed 17 people this month has ended.Hollande te(...)

 After the International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for next year, the opening day in Davos was dominated by discussion of the economy. Photograph: Bloomberg

The focus turned to the snowy Alpine resort of Davos this week as leading political and business figures gathered for the opening of the World Economi(...)

Marine Le Pen mocked the French foreign minister Laurent Fabius for avoiding the word “Islamist” and for referring to Islamic State by their Arabic name, Daesh. Photograph: Yoan Valat

After remaining mostly quiet following the attacks of January 7th-9th, National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen has blamed the atrocities on long- sta(...)