Emmanuel Macron, then  French economy minister, and Philippe De Villiers  during a show at the Puy du Fou theme park in 2016. File photograph: AFP/Getty

In one of the more curious episodes of the Covid-19 saga, French president Emmanuel Macron has sided with right-wing traditionalist Catholic and Euros(...)

People walk past a billboard in Dublin which is part of the Government’s In This Together campaign. Governments around the world are starting to worry about how to keep the public onside during the long, divisive, fretful months ahead. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

If there were any taxi drivers or hairdressers around to make small talk, they would be enduring a lot of very short, very dull conversations. None of(...)

Two worshippers, Guillaume and Cynthia,  put on their as they prepare to enter the reopened Notre Dame de Chartres cathedral in central France on May 14th. Photograph: Jean-François Monier/AFP via Getty Images

The French poet Charles Péguy described Our Lady of Chartres as a star of the sea, rising above oceans of wheatfields on the plains of La Beauce. It (...)

French prime minister Edouard Philippe presents the details for the easing of the country’s lockdown at the Hotel Matignon in Paris. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

French prime minister Edouard Philippe warned against “letting our guard down” when the country eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions next Monday. (...)

 France’s Top 14 rugby competition is set to be abandoned. Photograph: Getty Images

The French Top 14 rugby union season is to be abandoned amid the Covid-19 crisis after the league’s organisers (LNR) and the club presidents reached a(...)

Uefa’s chief medical official Tim Meyer says it is “definitely possible” to plan a restart of European soccer leagues. Photograph:  Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images

Uefa’s chief medical official says it is “definitely possible” to plan a restart of European soccer leagues despite the Dutch and French ending their (...)

The English Super League is looking to restart in June or July. Photograph: Getty Images

Steve McNamara has said Catalans Dragons could relocate to England to fulfil their obligations in Super League after all sport in France was banned un(...)

Toulouse may miss out on next season’s Champions Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This season’s Heineken Champions Cup cannot now be completed in July or August after the French prime minister Édouard Philippe ruled out “big sportin(...)

Paris Saint-Germain will not be able to play their Champions League games in France under new  government restrictions. Photograph:  Yoan Valat/EPA

Uefa could press ahead with plans to stage the final stages of the Champions League behind closed doors and at neutral venues after the French governm(...)

The French prime minister, Edouard Philippe, has announced there will be no professional football in the country until at least September and the 2019(...)

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