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(...)

A police car passes in front of the headquarters of France’s centre-right UMP political party in Paris.  Photograph: Charles Platiau

The implosion of French political life precipitated by the victory of the far right-wing National Front (FN) in Sunday’s European elections continued (...)

 Former foreign minister Hubert Védrine (right), seen with former ministers Mikulas Dzurinda of Slovakia and Boris Tarasyuk of Ukraine, says France has been unable to reform itself. Photograph: Tibor Illyes/EPA

Hubert Védrine has been an influential voice in France for more than three decades. He was a top aide to president François Mitterrand at the Élysée, (...)

Jean-Marie Le Pen (second left,  front row), former president of the Front National (FN), and his daughter and actual president of the party Marine Le Pen (right) take part in the party’s traditional May Day rally in Paris. Photograph:  Yoan Valat/EPA

Marine Le Pen is the new Joan of Arc, who will expel the EU from France, just as the Maid of Orléans threw the English out in the 15th century.“Jeanne(...)