French President Emmanuel Macron during his formal inauguration ceremony  in the  Elysee presidential Palace. Photograph: Francois Mori/AFP/Getty Images

There were smiles and tears, solemnity and joy, in the salle des fêtes for Emmanuel Macron’s inauguration. Laurent Fabius, the president of the Const(...)

Nicolas Sarkozy: he said prime minister Manuel Valls comparison of  France to the former apartheid regime in South Africa was “a moral error”. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

The “sacred union” forged by president François Hollande during three days of Islamist violence that killed 17 people this month has ended.Hollande te(...)

Demonstrators attend a protest march against France’s legalisation of same-sex marriage in Strasbourg earlier this year. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters
France court backs gay marriage
  • Europe
  • October 18, 2013, 11:53

France’s constitutional court has ruled that local authority mayors cannot refuse to carry out same-sex marriages.The ruling comes a month after seven(...)