Socialist mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, who is openly hostile to Macron, is virtually certain to be re-elected, after a disastrous campaign by the president’s LREM party. Photograph: Getty Images

The second round of French municipal elections on Sunday is likely to be a humiliation for President Emmanuel Macron, whose party La République en Mar(...)

   Benjamin Griveaux is pictured as he announces his withdrawal from the Paris mayoral campaign at AFP headquarters in Paris, France. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images

New details have emerged regarding the Franco-Russian couple accused of publishing the sex tape that sabotaged the mayoral candidacy of Benjamin Grive(...)

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(...)

Agnes Buzyn. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

French health minister Agnes Buzyn will run for Paris mayor after the previous ruling party candidate pulled out over a sexting scandal, party officia(...)

 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(...)

 Candidate for the Paris 2020 municipal election Benjamin Griveaux. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

To understand the stakes in France’s municipal elections next month, it helps to recall Emmanuel Macron’s May 2017 presidential victory, when he swept(...)

Burning motorcycles in Paris: “Once again, extreme violence has come to attack the republic – its security forces, its representatives, its symbols,” President Emmanuel  Macron said on Twitter. Photograph: Abdul Abeissa/AFP/Getty

The latest round of anti-government protests across France at the weekend degenerated in Paris into violent clashes between protesters and the securit(...)

A protester watches as barricades burn, after the announcement of imminent police intervention, after ‘yellow vest’ activists blocked  access to an  oil depot in Le Mans, northwestern France, on Tuesday. Photograph: Jean Francois-Monier/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of riot police and armoured vehicles will be deployed in Paris on Saturday as France anticipates a fifth weekend of anti-government protests(...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron (centre) on Sunday assesses the damage from the ‘yellow vests’ protests next to the Champs Elysee in Paris. Photograph: EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron ordered his prime minister on Sunday to hold talks with political leaders and demonstrators as he sought a way out of(...)

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