Writer and lecturer Aurélie Filippetti   with Bono, who  was made  a “commander of arts and letters” during her tenure as François Hollande’s culture minister. Photograph:  Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty

While waiters at the Senate restaurant hovered over Aurélie Filippetti, calling the former culture minister madame la ministre, the Socialist Party wa(...)

Alexandre Benalla protecting Emmanuel Macron in Rodez, on  May 5th, 2017. Photograph: Regis Duvignau

President Emmanuel Macron has been plunged into the biggest scandal and political crisis since he took office by the violent behaviour of his “Monsieu(...)

 Former French prime minister Manuel Valls with   poll-leading presidential candidate  Emmanuel Macron  during the Bastille Day Parade on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris, France, 14 July 2016. Photograph:  Thibault Camus/EPA

Former French prime minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday he would vote for Emmanuel Macron in the presidential election, the biggest Socialist Part(...)

Benoît Hamon wants to legalise cannabis and euthanasia, recruit 40,000 more teachers and make France more welcoming to refugees. Photograph: Jeremy Lempin/EPA

With Benoît Hamon’s unexpected victory in the first round of the Socialist presidential primary, the left of the party has punished President François(...)

Former French minister Benoit Hamon: he   won 36.12 per cent of the ballot, with more than half of the votes counted in the French socialist presidential primary. Former prime minister Manuel Valls  came in second with 31.24 per cent of the vote. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

Benoit Hamon, a left-wing rebel who was forced out of the socialist government in August 2014, was the surprise winner of the first round of the socia(...)

Manuel Valls, France’s former prime minister and Socialist Party presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign event in Paris  on Friday. Photograph: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

Voting got under way on Sunday to whittle down Socialist candidates for the French presidential ticket to two from seven. Former prime minister Manue(...)

Former prime minister of France Manuel Valls unveils his election platform to the media in Paris on Tuesday ahead of the Socialist Parties presidential primaries later this month. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Manuel Valls has launched his campaign to represent France’s Socialist Party in the coming presidential election with a shift to the left, as the form(...)

Although François Hollande will remain France’s head of state for another five months, his announcement that he will not seek re-election as president marks his political death. File photograph: Yoan Valat/AFP/Getty Images

As he read his speech on Thursday night, the president of France looked like a convict climbing on to the scaffold. Although François Hollande will r(...)

France’s Socialist Party faces an uphill battle to even make the round-two runoff such is its unpopularity ahead of elections. Photographs: Getty Images

France’s ruling Socialists, staring at prospective humiliation in next year’s presidential election, are marshalling their forces in an attempt to re-(...)

Marine Le Pen, leader of the  Front National, during a recent rally. “The influence of Le Pen continues to grow,” says political scientist Pascal Perrineau. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Prof Pascal Perrineau, one of France’s leading political scientists, says it’s 95 per cent certain that Marine Le Pen, the leader of the extreme right(...)

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