France’s Front National  founder and honorary president Jean-Marie Le Pen gesturing on stage as the party’s  president Marine Le Pen looks on during the party’s annual rally in honour of Joan of Arc on May 1st. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

France’s far-right National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, whose party membership has been suspended by his own daughter, said on Monday he plans to(...)

Francois Hollande: his party’s control of the national assembly was weakened by the defection last month of one of its deputies to the far left

President François Hollande’s ruling Socialists won a hotly contested parliamentary byelection in eastern France yesterday, narrowly beating a Nationa(...)

Thousands of people attend a demonstration  at the old port in Marseille, southern France. Photograph: Claude Paris/AP Photo

As tens of thousands gathered in Marseille’s old port yesterday in solidarity with the victims of a week of violence in Paris, the tributes pinned out(...)

People hold aloft  a poster translating as “Quick: more democracy everywhere against barbarism” take part in a solidarity rally  (Marche Republicaine) in  Paris on January 11th, 2015. Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters 2:00

More than a million people have converged on central Paris for a “national unity” rally in solidarity with the victims of the week’s attacks and in su(...)

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(...)