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(...)