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 Candidate for the Paris 2020 municipal election Benjamin Griveaux. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

To understand the stakes in France’s municipal elections next month, it helps to recall Emmanuel Macron’s May 2017 presidential victory, when he swept(...)

Julie Dawson in Berlin boarding  the Nightjet sleeper train to Vienna. Photograph: Derek Scally

At Berlin’s vast central station passengers are hurrying to board trains to Hanover, Düsseldorf and beyond. Just before 7pm, a train with unusual live(...)

People march in Paris on Thursday,  the 43rd day of nationwide multi-sector protests and strikes against the French government’s pensions reform. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images

French protest strikes against president Emmanuel Macron’s reform of the pension system will enter their seventh week on Friday, a record since the Ma(...)

A French railway worker on strike in Paris against the French government’s pensions reform plans. The slogan reads ‘Don’t touch my pension’. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

French transport strikes will continue for the 37th consecutive day on Friday, following a fourth day of nationwide marches on Thursday in protest aga(...)

Commuters alight from a regional train during a nationwide transport workers strike at Montparnasse railway station in Paris on Tuesday.  Photograph: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

“There will be no truce declared for Christmas,” Rachel Picard, director-general of Voyages SNCF, the state-owned railway, has announced, referring to(...)

 A fireman holds a flare aloft during a rally near Place des Invalides in Paris as thousands take to the streets to protest against pension reform on the sixth day of national strikes in France. Photograph:  Kiran Ridley/Getty Images

Tuesday is the 13th day of mass strikes and demonstrations in France over president Emmanuel Macron’s reform of the pension system. There is no Chris(...)

French prime minister Edouard Philippe unveils the details of a pension reform plan before the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, on Wednesday. Photograph: Thomas Samson/EPA

“You can’t stop a mobilisation by waving a magic wand in a speech,” French prime minister Edouard Philippe warned deputies from President Emmanuel Mac(...)

Rail workers of CGT union demonstrate in Hendaye, southwestern France against government plans to redesign the national retirement system. Photograph: AP Photo/Bob Edme

France will continue to be paralysed by transport strikes on Saturday, Sunday and at least through Monday, the Paris transport authority RATP and the (...)

Protesters hold up flares as French union members demonstrate against proposed pension reforms in Marseille on Thursday. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

French public sector workers began a nationwide strike on Thursday over Emmanuel Macron’s plans to reform France’s generous pension system, in the big(...)

A poster stating “All on strike on December 5th” at the Bourse du Travail during preparations for a national strike against French government pension reform plans, in Nice, France. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

France is set to plunge into an open-ended, nationwide strike of unusual proportions as of 10pm on Wednesday. The action is expected to continue for d(...)

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