A lot of nerve: Bruno Le Maire and  Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

For such a polite, well-bred young man, Bruno Le Maire has a lot of nerve. The conservative deputy in the National Assembly, a former high-ranking civ(...)

Soldiers guarding La Source Jewish school in Marseilles after a teenager wounded a teacher. Photograph: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images

The president of the Jewish consistory in Marseilles, Zvi Ammar, has asked Jews there to stop wearing the kippa, the symbol of their Jewish identity, (...)

Marine Le Pen: the leader of France’s far-right  Front National had predicted the party  would take five regions in the elections. Photograph: Denis Charlet/AFP/Getty Images

France had expected the Front National (FN) to take several regions, for the first time ever, in the December 6th-13th regional elections. Marine Le P(...)

Marine Le Pen, leader of the French National Front (FN): the FN claims to be France’s “first party” and often leads in the first round, as it did on December 6th, with 27.8% of the vote. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The extreme right-wing National Front (FN) on Sunday night failed to win a single region, after leading in six of 13 French regions in the first round(...)

French far-right Front National (FN) party president and FN top candidate for the regional election in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region, Marine Le Pen, casts her ballot on December 13th, 2015 at a polling station in Henin-Beaumont, northern France, during the second round of the regional elections. Photograph: Francois Lo Presti/AFP/Getty Images

Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front lost election run-offs on Sunday in three key target regions, despite topping last week’s first round, exit p(...)

French far-right political party National Front leader Marine Le Pen surrounded by media after she casts her vote at a polling station during the second round of the regional elections in Henin-Beaumont, Northern France, 13th December 2015. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Voting began on Sunday in the run-offs for French regional elections that will show whether the far-right National Front can turn popularity into powe(...)

France’s far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen speaking in Lille on Monday. Photograph: AFP/Denis Charlet

France’s mainstream political parties were scrambling for a way to stop the rise of the far-right National Front (FN) yesterday after it took a histor(...)

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen delivers a speech  in Henin-Beaumont, France, on Sunday.  One exit poll showed Ms Le Pen’s party secured 30.6 per cent of the vote nationally. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

France’s far-right National Front topped the vote nationally in the first round of high-stakes regional elections on Sunday, exit polls showed, a majo(...)

Members of the Free Syrian Army.  Cameron believes there are 70,000 pairs of suitable Syrian boots on the ground. Robert Fisk reckons 70 might be nearer the mark. Photo: Tomas Munita/The New York Times

David Cameron was following patriotic precedent in backing Turkey against Russia following the downing of a Russian aircraft on the Turkish-Syrian bor(...)

French President Francois Hollande: Was left clearly shaken by the attacks. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

In the United States, the turning point that defined George W Bush’s presidency is captured in a single famous photograph. Taken on the morning of Sep(...)