French president François Hollande: a strong majority of voters want neither him  nor his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy to be candidates next year but both fight on. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

One year before the first round of the French presidential election, clear favourites have emerged from the ruling socialist and opposition Les Républ(...)

 French president François Hollande  visits a factory in Venette on Friday. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty

CRS riot police pushed back demonstrators outside the Musée de l’Homme, where President François Hollande engaged in what was widely billed as his “la(...)

Jean-Marie Le Pen: Fined 30,000 euro for remarks he made about the Holocaust. Photograph: EPA/Guillaume Horcajuelo

Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder and former head of France’s far-right National Front party, has been convicted of denying crimes against humanity for repea(...)

Migrants and refugees paddling a rubber dinghy approach the beach at Psalidi near Kos Town, Kos, Greece, on August 21st.  Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The images of 2015 were of people on the move. Families clinging on to rubber dinghies as they approached the Greek shore. Exhausted young men and wom(...)

Marine le Pen:  beheading picture vanished from her Twitter account. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

The mother of James Foley, the American hostage beheaded on camera by Islamic State last year, said on Thursday she was angry at French far-right poli(...)

 National Front leader Marine Le Pen  in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Marine Le Pen has been cleared of charges of incitement to hatred after comments she made five years ago comparing Muslim street prayers to a foreign (...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown Memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on Tuesday. Photograph:  Randall Hill/Reuters

A day after Republican candidate Donald J Trump called for a ban on the entry of Muslims into the United States, much of the rest of the world looked (...)

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(...)

France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen leaves a  court in Lyon. Photograph: Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images

France’s far-right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen said the French government was using the judiciary to persecute her as she went on trial (...)

French Far-Right Front National co-founder Jean-Marie Le Pen arrives for a news briefing at the end of a hearing of the executive committee of the party at their headquarters in Nanterre, near Paris, August 20th, 2015. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Jean-Marie Le Pen, a co-founder of France’s far-right National Front, was expelled from the party on Thursday after he repeatedly angered its current(...)