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The  Sorbonne University in Paris is one of a small number of “target universities” which has benefited from a  €10 billion investment programme under the French government’s initiative d’excellence or Idex. Photograph: iStock

Global university rankings have been with us since Shanghai Jiao Tong University started its list of the world’s best universities back in 2003. The a(...)

A man holds a placard reading “Retirement at the age of 55, for workers in the building sector and for the others” as he takes part in a demonstration in Lyon on Tuesday to protest against French government’s plan to overhaul the country’s retirement system, as part of a national general strike. Photograph: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP via Getty Images

When confronted with domestic stalemate and strife, French presidents have tended to take refuge in foreign affairs. It is certainly open to Emmanuel (...)

Protests against President Macron’s pension reforms   near Place des Invalides in Paris. Photograph:  Kiran Ridley/Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron’s predecessors invariably surrendered in the battle of wills that pits the French street against elected officials.   (...)

Terrassenhaus in Berlin

If there’s a recurrent theme in this year’s Mies van der Rohe European Prize for Contemporary Architecture, it is surely imaginative renovation and tr(...)

French prime minister Edouard Philippe (R) shakes hands with French right-wing Les Republicains  party president Laurent Wauquiez, ahead of the debate on  Thursday. Photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt

The second generation of rival French conservatives is personified by the hard-right leader of Les Républicains (LR), Laurent Wauquiez, and the modera(...)

Gare Saint-Lazare in Paris: after months of rolling SNCF strikes, the public has grown tired. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty

France’s parliament overwhelmingly approved a Bill overhauling the indebted state-run rail company SNCF on Wednesday, handing a significant victory to(...)

Striking rail workers protest in Paris on Tuesday over French president Emmanuel Macron’s plans to reform the state-run rail company, SNCF. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

French rail workers launched a series of nationwide strikes on Tuesday, threatening months of transport disruption in the sternest challenge yet to Pr(...)

An SNCF train at the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris, France. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

The head of the hardline neo-communist union most strongly represented in the French railway company SNCF threatened a month-long strike on Monday nig(...)

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 (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron received a warm welcome in Berlin from German chancellor Angela Merkel. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

On his first day in office, President Emmanuel Macron took a big step towards dismantling France’s old two-party system, by appointing a politician f(...)

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