A mural  depicting Steve Maia Caniço, who went missing after a police raid on a music festival  in Nantes last month, and whose body was found in the Loire river on Monday. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

For 38 days, from Steve Caniço’s disappearance in the early hours of June 22nd until his body was identified on Tuesday afternoon, the young man’s fri(...)

US president Donald Trump’s then adviser, Kellyanne Conway, provided a memorable example of post-truth in  2017 when she excused exaggeration of the numbers attending the president’s inauguration as “alternative facts”. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Politics and truth never sat easily together, but the innovation of our post-truth era is that people have become indifferent to truth, says the Frenc(...)

Close up: Emmanuel Macron during a visit to Evry-Courcouronnes, France, this week. He has been one of the most vocal champions recently of greater separation between media and political power. EPA/Ludovic Marin/EPA

Last Monday, officials from the French prosecutor’s office turned up at the offices of Mediapart, an investigative news website based in Paris, and an(...)

Former Élysée senior security officer Alexandre Benalla at a Senate committee in Paris in September 2018. Photograph:  Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Alexandre Benalla, the former bodyguard and security adviser of French president Emmanuel Macron, has been placed in custody in relation to a probe in(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and former Élysée senior security officer Alexandre Benalla. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Eight months after he was filmed beating up demonstrators while disguised as a policeman, Emmanuel Macron’s former bodyguard Alexandre Benalla has aga(...)

Anti-riot policemen evacuate gilets jaunes protesters during a protest against the raising of fuel and oil prices. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

In just a few weeks, the yellow hi-vis vest has become such a potent political symbol that one risks being mistaken for a supporter of the rebellious (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron with Gérard Collomb, who has resigned from his role as  interior minister.   Photograph:  Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

The departure of French interior minister Gérard Collomb is considered the most serious crisis of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency, and marks the third ti(...)

Predictions that French president Emmanuel Macron would back down when he reformed the labour code and the SNCF railway system proved false. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Before he left his summer residence at the Fort de Brégançon for Paris, after a three-week break, French president Emmanuel Macron mingled with a crow(...)

Élysée senior security officer Alexandre Benalla stands next to French president Emmanuel Macron during a visit to the Paris International Agricultural Show (Salon de l’Agriculture) in February. File photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Monarchic excess, autocratic drift, impunity, favouring the rich, cronyism, control freakery, parallel police, out of touch. These are but some of the(...)

French President Emmanuel Macron, flanked by Alexandre Benalla who is now the subject of a preliminary investigation.  Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

French president Emmanuel Macron has broken his silence over the presidential aide caught on camera beating May Day protesters, saying he alone was re(...)

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