Hardline Les Républicains president Laurent Wauquiez, who resigned on Sunday night. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty

The French conservative party Les Républicains, the heir of Gen Charles de Gaulle and the political camp of presidents de Gaulle, Pompidou, Chirac and(...)

French budget minister Gérald Darmanin: police are studying an exchange of text messages which indicate that Sophie Spatz pleaded with him to write the promised letter. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty

The French budget minister Gérald Darmanin has come under pressure to resign after Le Monde newspaper revealed he is under preliminary investigation f(...)

Virginie Calmels and Laurent Wauquiez. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Laurent Wauquiez, the political heir of former president Nicolas Sarkozy and a representative of the hard right, is likely to be elected president of (...)

Emmanuel Macron  leaves his house to vote in Le Touquet, northern France, during the second round of the parliamentary elections, on Sunday. AFP Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron’s party, La République En Marche (LREM), won an absolute majority of seats in the National Assembly on Sunday, though the ma(...)

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron leave a polling booth as they vote in the first round of the two-stage legislative elections on Sunday. Photograph: AP Photo/Thibault Camus
Macron marches on

In April 2016, Emmanuel Macron, a young and talented technocrat with no political base or electoral experience, set up an insurgent political movement(...)

Socialists’ downfall: Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, the party’s secretary general, was among the electoral losers. Photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty

“The Berezina of the Socialist Party” was the term widely used to describe the defeat of the former ruling party in Sunday’s French legislative electi(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux cast their ballots at their polling station in the first round of the French legislatives elections in Le Touquet, northern France. Photograph:  Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron’s new party, La République En Marche (LREM), is set to take an absolute majority in the national assembly after secur(...)

Emmanuel Macron: support for the president has amplified since the first round of the presidential election on April 23rd, while his opponents have lost much ground. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

President Emmanuel Macron’s new movement, La République En Marche (LREM), is poised to win an absolute majority in legislative elections that will ta(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and prime minister Edouard Philippe on their way to sign a book of condolences at the British embassy  in Paris for the 22 people killed in the Manchester terrorist attack. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday began consultations on reforming France’s labour code, just 16 days after he was elected. Over 10 hours, (...)

France’s prime minister Edouard Philippe looks set to achieve his aim of securing a majority of seats in the National Assembly for new president Emmanuel Macron’s party, La République En Marche. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

The campaign for next month’s legislative elections in France officially opened on Monday, two weeks and a day after the centrist Emmanuel Macron won (...)

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