French president Emmanuel Macron told the Economist that “we are currently experiencing . . . the brain death of Nato” and Europe “must regain military sovereignty”. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Reuters

The mostly ageing audience of academics, defence officials and parliamentarians were not the sort of people one associates with exuberance. But the mo(...)

Franco-Italian summit: Emmanuel Macron reviews an honour guard in Lyons. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Pool/EPA

Over the past year Emmanuel Macron has become a seemingly unstoppable force, first in French politics and now on the international stage. Last week he(...)

Alain Juppé  and François Fillon: The former prime ministers have knocked heads over immigration and the economy in the run-off of France’s right-wing presidential primary. Photographs: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

If he wins the primary of the conservative party Les Républicains on Sunday night, François Fillon will likely become president of France next May. W(...)

Hostages (including a baby) hide inside one of the food freezer during the Hyper Cacher supermarket in the Porte de Vincennes area of Paris

The unity march that brought an estimated 3.7 million people on to the streets of France transformed one of the most traumatic and horrific sequences (...)

Police detain a protester in Algiers yesterday during a demonstration against Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fourth term. Photograph: Louafi Larbi/Reuters

Barring a major change in the way Algerian presidential elections are run, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (77) will be elected to a fourth five(...)