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(...)

‘Forty years on, this very French, eclectic gathering, lubricated by copious wine and fromages to die for, provided some telling snapshots of the country’s, and particularly its left’s, uncertain, confused, and depressed mood and the langueur of its politics.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Paris in the springtime. Around the tables in the country garden on this balmy evening, pals, old schoolfriends, and family celebrated last weekend on(...)

 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(...)