French strike: students demonstrate with public-sector workers on Tuesday. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Nine trade unions representing France’s 5.4 million civil servants participated in strikes and protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s policies o(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron gives a statement at the Élysée Palace in Paris, France. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/EPA

When French presidents talk about Europe, their message often makes more sense if you substitute every reference to “European Union” with “France”. (...)

Emmanuel Macron: Negative reaction over latest remark has snowballed into endless denunciations and front-page headlines. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

In President Emmanuel Macron’s France, as in Donald Trump’s America, it is often a few casually spoken, infelicitous words, rather than substance, th(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron shake hands after a meeting of EU leaders in Berlin. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

Marion Van Renterghem, the French biographer of Chancellor Angela Merkel and an award-winning journalist, recalls the relief and joy in Berlin when E(...)

The founder of French broadband internet provider Iliad, Xavier Niel. Photograph: EPA/POOL Philippe Wojazer

France’s richest technology billionaire knew sex would sell on the internet even before the World Wide Web was invented. Xavier Niel learned the art(...)

Demonstrators gather in front of the war memorial in Toulouse to protest against French labour law reform. Photograph: Eric Cabanis/AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron has antagonised opponents to his labour reforms, denouncing them as “slackers” shortly before the first mass demonstr(...)

The “Jupiterian president”, as his staff lovingly call Emmanuel Macron, is quickly falling back to earth. Three months after he redrew the map of Fren(...)

U2 performing The Joshua Tree at Croke Park. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

U2 has released video footage of parts of last Saturday night’s concert in Croke Park, including the four-plane flyover that wowed 80,000 fans in the (...)

Emmanuel Macron’s official portrait. “He seems to be saying, ‘Over my dead body,’” observes a former cabinet minister. Photograph: Soazig de la Moissonniere

An opposition and media outcry over President Emmanuel Macron’s scheduled address to the two house of the French parliament at the Château de Versaill(...)

 Fireworks over Khalifa International Stadium during its  official opening ceremony in May. It’s the  the first completed 2022 Fifa World Cup venue, five years before the tournament begins. Photograph: Qatar/Getty

The prospects of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups being hosted by Russia and Qatar have been strengthened after Fifa dramatically published in full the i(...)