Front National leader Marine Le Pen acknowledges the cheers of supporters at her final campaign rally, in Marseille, ahead of Sunday’s first-round vote in the French presidential election. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Marine Le Pen promised to protect France from Islamic fundamentalism, “waves of immigrants”, terrorism and the ravages of “savage globalisation” at he(...)

Communist-backed candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon campaigns in the French presidential election on  a barge  on the Canal Saint-Martin  in Paris on Monday. Photograph: Alain Jocard/Reuters

France’s presidential race has entered its final stretch with no clear winner in sight as the main contenders scrap for votes in a flurry of campaign (...)

A campaign poster in Marseilles of French presidential candidate for the ‘En Marche!’ movement Emmanuel Macron with French president François Hollande. Photograph: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images

In a nuanced human drama unfolding in the background of the French presidential race, the centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron (39) seeks to distance hi(...)

French presidential election candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s biting humour has endeared him to many voters. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

The far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon is taking fire from every direction, since he became the “third man” of the French presidential election cam(...)

Presidential candidate Francois Fillon in Paris on Thursday: “Unless France puts order in its accounts, unless it liberates its economy, neither Franco-German entente nor the re-foundation of Europe is possible,” he said. Photograph:  Charles Platiau/Reuters

Francois Fillon, the presidential nominee for the conservative party Les Républicains, presented his plan for Europe at a press conference on Thursda(...)

A Syrian child receives treatment after an alleged chemical attack, at a field hospital in Saraqib, Idlib province, northern Syria. Photograph:  EPA

UN war crimes examiners say they are investigating a suspected poison gas attack that killed more than 50 people in a rebel-held area of northern Syri(...)

Brexit is triggered. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

UK prime minister Theresa May finally pulled the starting gun on Brexit talks this week. The European Council’s president, Donald Tusk, will today ci(...)

A copy of  Theresa May’s Brexit letter in notice of the UK’s intention to leave the bloc under Article 50 of the EU Treaty

This letter sets out the approach of Her Majesty’s Government to the discussions we will have about the United Kingdom’s departure from the Europea(...)

Martin Schulz: his SPD party is neck and neck with Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

What difference would it make if Martin Schulz were to become German chancellor? How would a President Emmanuel Macron change France? These are two of(...)

A red carpet is laid down during the final preparations for an informal European summit commemorationg the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, at Rome’s Piazza del Campidoglio, Capitoline Hill, on Friday. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP

All but one of the European Union’s leaders will stand on Rome’s Capitoline Hill on Saturday and proclaim their commitment to Europe’s unity and their(...)