French ecology minister Ségolène Royal has already become a central figure in the presidency of her former partner François Hollande. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Revenge is a dish best eaten cold. A decade ago, Ségolène Royal watched helplessly as Valérie Trierweiler, a journalist at Paris Match magazine who(...)

French president Francois Hollande: he took drastic action by overriding parliament to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty

French president François Hollande took drastic action on Tuesday to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms, overriding parliam(...)

Francois Hollande: plans to saturate radio and TV with his presence. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The promise of new beginnings has prompted France’s ill-loved president, François Hollande, to launch a January media blitz, which began on Monday wit(...)

A lawyer throws a civil code book as justice officials demonstrate to protest against the new ‘loi Macron’ in Paris. The economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, has made proposals that aim to free up France’s notoriously inflexible labour rules and regulations. Photograph: AP Photo/Francois Mori

French economy minister Emmanuel Macron’s “Law on Growth and Activity,” which was presented in cabinet on December 10th, deals with so many elements o(...)

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(...)

Sophie de Menthon with Emmanuel Macron: “What I did for four years in the private sector is very useful for what I am doing today.”

French prime minister Manuel Valls introduces his economy minister Emmanuel Macron as “the star of my government”. Macron was appointed in an emergenc(...)

Martine Aubry of the French Socialist Party  “It’s not too late to succeed, on condition we take the right path for the next two years.”   Photograph: Samuel Dietz/Getty Images

President François Hollande must have dreaded the day when Martine Aubry would break her silence. The mayor of Lille remains “la dame des 35 heures”, (...)

Fuzzy policies: François Hollande speaks in the rain this week. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

François Hollande loves historic commemorations so much that he’s already made 25 speeches about the two World Wars. As his government collapsed la(...)

Employees of French tools and supplies retailer Castorama demonstrate to ask for the right to open the stores on Sundays. Photograph: Pierre Verdy/ AFP/Getty Images)

For the second time in five years, France will pass a law in 2014 to regulate Sunday trading, prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has announced. Ayraul(...)

A Roma family leaves their caravan during their eviction from an illegal camp in Lille on September 11th, 2013. Photograph: Reuters

The French government has been rebuked for its treatment of some 20,000 Roma in France by the European Commission and by human rights group Amnesty In(...)