French senators attending a session in the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron failed to repeat a landslide in French senatorial elections on Sunday, his centrist party winning less than 8 per cen(...)

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron and outgoing President Francois Hollande talk during a ceremony to mark the end of World War II at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Monday. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AP.

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron is preparing the groundwork for his transition to power, with plans for a visit to Germany, a name change for h(...)

 Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte during election night in The Hague, The Netherlands, 15 March 2017. Rutte’s center-right VVD party has won the most seats in the parliamentary elections . EPA/JERRY LAMPEN

Mark Rutte, the centre-right Dutch prime minister, described Wednesday’s parliamentary elections as continental Europe’s first test in 2017 of the ant(...)

Investor interest is focused on US President Donald Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, where he is expected to unveil some elements of his plans to cut taxes. Photograph: Reuters

Asian stocks declined on Monday, led by financials, as a renewed drop in sovereign bond yields on political concerns prompted some investors to move t(...)

Former prime minister Francois Fillon is now the man most likely to be elected France’s next president. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Francois Fillon won the presidential nomination for the conservative Les Républicains party on Sunday night by a landslide of 66.9 per cent to 33.1 pe(...)

Racist graffiti daubed on the door of a house in the Orangefield area of Co Armagh. Photograph: PSNI Armagh/PA Wire

“Asylum seekers are selling drugs to kids and raping our women,” a middle-aged man in northern England, his face contorted with rage, told me last wee(...)

French far-right political party National Front leader Marine Le Pen surrounded by media after she casts her vote at a polling station during the second round of the regional elections in Henin-Beaumont, Northern France, 13th December 2015. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Voting began on Sunday in the run-offs for French regional elections that will show whether the far-right National Front can turn popularity into powe(...)

France’s far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen speaking in Lille on Monday. Photograph: AFP/Denis Charlet

France’s mainstream political parties were scrambling for a way to stop the rise of the far-right National Front (FN) yesterday after it took a histor(...)

France’s far-right Front National  founder and honorary president Jean-Marie Le Pen gesturing on stage with his daughter, Marine,  with whom he is at logger heads. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty

A French court cancelled Jean-Marie Le Pen’s suspension from the far-right National Front (FN) party yesterday in a ruling that shone a spotlight back(...)

French president Francois Hollande delivers a speech during the 30th annual diner held by the French Jewish Institutions Representative Council on February 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/AFP/Getty Images

French President Francois Hollande urged internet companies like Google and Facebook on Monday to fight hate speech online.He made the comments during(...)

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