Two months after the first cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in France, and more than 1,300 deaths later, the epidemic has not peaked yet. Photograph: Stephane De Sakutin / AFP

My friend’s children, a daughter and son-in-law in their 40s, are holed up in their apartment, aching, coughing and barely able to move or look after (...)

People hold placards stating “People’s rights have been violated and will not forget” and “Macron, it is over, get lost” at a demonstration in Marseilles. Photograph: Pascal Pochard-Casabianca

It has been a rough week for President Emmanuel Macron’s reform of the French pension system. Though his administration will ultimately succeed in for(...)

Former French PM François Fillon and his  wife Penelope leave the courthouse surrounded by their lawyers in Paris on Monday. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

The trial of former French prime minister François Fillon and his Welsh-born wife Penelope on corruption charges was postponed on Monday “out of sympa(...)

Penelope and François Fillon: The 150-page charge sheet details six blocks of allegedly illegal payments totalling €1,306,400. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images

The trial of the former French prime minister François Fillon, his Welsh-born wife Penelope, and Marc Joulaud, the man who replaced Fillon in the Nati(...)

Ironically, Macron’s internal problems are mounting just at the point where some of his signature policies are starting to show clear signs of success. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron might well have assumed his party’s preparations for next month’s local elections could not get any worse. That was u(...)

 Mathematician and politician Cedric Villani. It’s hard to see how Emmanuel Macron’s party could endorse Villani, two weeks after it expelled him for insubordination. File photograph:  Eric Fougere/Corbis via Getty Images

The dissident candidate for mayor of Paris, Cédric Villani, expressed support for his former rival Benjamin Griveaux, less than two hours after Emmanu(...)

Benjamin Griveaux, La Republique en Marche’s candidate for the Paris 2020 mayoral election, announces his withdrawal from the campaign on Friday. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron’s La République en Marche on Friday scrambled to find a replacement candidate to represent the party in Paris for the(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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