President François Hollande: “Aside from the security of the French people, the only question that matters is employment.” Photograph: Yoan Valat/Reuters

France’s president François Hollande yesterday declared “a state of economic and social emergency,” as he unveiled a €2 billion plan to overhaul (...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy: Lashed out at authorities for having put him under investigation in connection with “Air Cocaine”. Photograph: Reuters

The extraordinary story of two French pilots who fled the Dominican Republic after being convicted of cocaine trafficking turned political on Tuesday (...)

Marine Le Pen: If convicted she risks a fine, prison and disqualification from the 2017 presidential race. Photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters

Marine Le Pen arrived half an hour early for her trial on charges of inciting religious hatred, jostled by a horde of photographers and cameramen, fla(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls during a parliamentary debate on Wednesday about the migration crisis. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

Yesterday’s debate in the National Assembly regarding Europe’s migration crisis was surprisingly tepid, considering that immigration is the most explo(...)

French riot police stand on the side of the road to prevent migrants from approaching lorries on the road leading to the ferry port in Calais, northern France. Photograph: AFP Photo

Thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa live in makeshift encampments in Paris, Calais and elsewhere. The migrant crisis created tension(...)

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen’s anti-EU and anti-immigration May Day rally speech in Paris  was interrupted by her father, the party’s founder and honorary president Jean-Marie Le Pen. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Half-naked feminists, her embarrassing old father, financial scandal, the socialist mayor of Paris and crowd-thinning rain all conspired to wreck M(...)

 French   National Front leader Marine Le Pen is kissed by her father Jean-Marie Le Pen after she was   re-elected as president of the party. The party  is in “an unprecedented crisis”, Ms Le Pen told ‘Le Monde’. Photograph: Laurent Cipriani/AP

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the 86-year-old founder of the extreme right-wing National Front (FN), risks losing his title of honorary president and even expul(...)

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve, French Jewish institutions representative council president Roger Cukierman, French president Francois Hollande, Paris Mosque rector Dalil Boubakeur and Paris Mosque Imams inspector Mohamed Louanoughi  at the Elysee Palace. Photo: Getty Images

President François Hollande received the leaders of France’s Jewish and Muslim communities late Tuesday in an attempt to restore the unity of the aft(...)

 Nicolas Sarkozy with Rachida Dati at the Élysée Palace in Paris in 2007. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Like her political mentor Nicolas Sarkozy, Rachida Dati is a tough survivor with a chip on her shoulder, a fighter whose scrappiness sometimes work(...)

Pharmacists hold a banner reading “Our health – Not at the supermarket” as they demonstrate during a national protest against a government reform plan to deregulate their profession in Nantes on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

in Paris A strike yesterday by thousands of pharmacists, doctors, dentists, lawyers, notaries and other members of liberal professions was the latest(...)