French president Emmanuel Macron leaves the voting booth during the first round of French regional and departmental elections, in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, northern France on Sunday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Pool via AP

Xavier Bertrand, the centre-right leader of the Hauts-de-France region in the north of the country, was the real winner in the weekend’s French local (...)

French far-right Rassemblement National leader Marine Le Pen: Expected to be Emmanuel Macron’s number one challenger next year. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty Images

Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National party fell short of expectations in the first round of France’s regional elections on Sunday, leaving(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron takes a selfie with member of the public  in Valence, southeastern France, on Tuesday. Photograph: Philippe Desmazes/AP

A man slapped Emmanuel Macron in the face on Tuesday, briefly interrupting a walkabout during the French president’s tour of the provinces ahead of th(...)

Génération Identitaire, which claimed to have about 4,000 members, said it campaigned against crime, Islamisation and anti-white racism. File photograph: Getty

The French government has outlawed the extreme right-wing and anti-immigrant group Génération Identitaire (Identity Generation) and condemned it as “t(...)

 Emmanuel Macron puts on his face mask as he meets the media with  Moldova’s president Maia Sandu  at the Élysée Palace in Paris on  February  4th. Photograph: Michel Euler/AP

It was an uncharacteristically fretful and tired-looking Emmanuel Macron who recently cast doubt on the effectiveness for the elderly of the Oxford/As(...)

A protester holds a copy of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo during an anti-terrorism vigil on Sunday at Place de La Republique in Paris for the murdered schoolteacher Samuel Paty. Photograph: Kiran Ridley/Getty Images

Confused, sometimes conflicting messages have emerged from the tide of outrage at the murder of French schoolteacher Samuel Paty. Paty was stabbed de(...)

Pedestrians wear face masks in a congested street market in Lourges. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty

Face masks will be required in all French offices, except for enclosed spaces occupied by only one person, from September 1st, labour minister Élisabe(...)

Edouard Philippe applauds his successor as French prime minister, Jean Castex,  during a handover ceremony at the Hotel de Matignon, the official residence of the French prime minister, in Paris on Friday. Photograph: Jeanne Frank/Bloomberg

President Emmanuel Macron has replaced Édouard Philippe, his prime minister of three years, with Jean Castex, a virtually unknown high-ranking civil s(...)

The incumbent mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, arrives to deliver a speech after winning the second round of the French municipal elections on Sunday. Photograph: Julien de Rosa/EPA

The Greens were the clear winners in the second round of France’s municipal elections on Sunday, but theirs is an ambiguous victory. The environmental(...)

Strasbourg city hall candidate for the ‘Strasbourg ecologiste et citoyenne’ list Jeanne Barseghian (right) of the Europe Ecologie les Verts (EELV) green party casts her ballot at a polling station in Strasbourg  during the second round of the French mayoral elections on June 28, 2020. Photograph: Patrick Hertzog/AFP via Getty

The French environmentalist party Europe Écologie Les Verts (EELV) was the biggest winner in the second round of municipal elections in France on Sund(...)

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