Alain Juppé after an extraordinary meeting of the opposition UMP last year. The party’s nominee – likely Juppé, Nicolas Sarkozy or François Fillon – is almost certain to win the presidency in 2017. Photograph: Getty Images

France’s main opposition party, the conservative UMP, is €74 million in debt. Investigating magistrates searched its offices on October 29th for evide(...)

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(...)

Marine Le Pen, France’s National Front political party leader, reacts to results after the polls closed in the European Parliament elections.  Photograph: Remy de la Mauviniere/AP

National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen inherited her father Jean-Marie’s self-assurance, deep voice, and the way he throws back his head and guffaws(...)

Marine Le Pen: 56 per cent of those surveyed said she “understands the daily problems of the French” . Photograph: Reuters/Vincent Kessler

A record 34 per cent of French people now agree with the ideas of Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front (F(...)

President of the French far-right Front National party Marine Le Pen (left) is kissed by a woman in Brachay in northeastern France. Photograph: Francois Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images

The jihadists who leave France to fight the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria symbolise an Islamist “fifth column” within France, perhaps the most po(...)

French President Francois Hollande. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Exactly one year ago next Monday, newly elected French president François Hollande made his victory(...)