While it may not seem like it as he bathes in the reflected glory of Marine Le Pen’s historic 25 per cent share of the French vote, in his home country Geert Wilders has gone from heading the polls to trailing in them in the space of just three months. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

The Dutch are a commonsense people, so they were surprised last week when, having consigned Geert Wilders to third place in the European elections (...)

 French National Front leader Marine Le Pen:   If François Hollande faced Le Pen in the 2017 runoff for the presidency, some conservatives predict the right would vote massively for Le Pen. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Marine Le Pen, president of France? It may sound far-fetched, but a victory by the leader of the extreme right-wing National Front (FN) is a frequent (...)

 National Front party candidate Laurent Lopez gives a thumbs-up after winning the second round of the local byelection in Brignoles, France, yesterday. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

France’s anti-euro National Front won a local byelection in the country’s south, riding on the discontent with François Hollande’s Socialist presidenc(...)

Deputy mayor of Paris  Anne Hidalgo:  “We must continue to fight the National Front. It is an extreme right-wing party, which I consider a danger to democracy.” Photograph: Gonzalo  Fuentes/Reuters

The ruling Socialist Party has reacted with alarm to the strong showing by the extreme right-wing National Front (FN) in a byelection in southern Fran(...)

Hardline French interior minister Manuel Valls sparked nine days of government crisis when he said on September 24th that the Roma had a “way of life extremely different from our own” and alleged that only “a minority want to integrate”. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

Divisions within the government over France’s treatment of some 20,000 Roma dominated French politics all week, forcing President François Hollande to(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, with French UMP party head Jean-François Cope and party member Nadine Morano, leave party headquarters in Paris after their meeting last Monday. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

When he lost the presidential election in May 2012, Nicolas Sarkozy promised to leave public life. He withdrew to the villa of his wife Carla Bruni in(...)

English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson (left) with EDL supporters outside The Queens Arms pub in Woolwich following the killing earlier this week of a British soldier.  Photograph: Neil Lancefield/PA Wire

The English Defence League (EDL), which took to the streets of Woolwich after Wednesday’s atrocity, has had a short but violent history and is (...)

French foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius whose declaration was the most eagerly awaited. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

a third of President François Hollande’s 33 cabinet ministers jumped the gun, publicly declaring the value of their apartments, houses, (...)