Emmanuel Macron

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Demonstrators  on the French overseas island of La Reunion on Monday demonstrate as part of the gilets jaunes (yellow vest)  movement to protest against fuel prices.  Photograph: Richard Bouhet/AFP/Getty Images

Protest movements in France invariably carry echoes of class warfare and the 1789 revolution. The yellow-jacketed gilets jaunes, who managed to mobili(...)

Europe’s future depended on France and Germany working together to prevent the continent becoming a “plaything of great powers,” French president Emmanuel Macron told the Bundestag. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

In his Bundestag debut on Sunday, French president Emmanuel Macron warned Europe – and his German host – that “chaos” looms unless the continent – pus(...)

People wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a French drivers’ protest against higher fuel prices, block the toll both in Antibes, France. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

A motorist accidentally hit and killed a protester taking part in a campaign of road blockades across France on Saturday, as thousands gathered on mot(...)

Ségolène Royal is a veteran of 30 years in French politics. She was the first woman in France to make it to the runoff in a presidential election. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

If there were a prize for sheer dogged indestructibility in French politics, Ségolène Royal would surely win it. The first woman to make it to the ru(...)

Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron  in a replica of the wagon where the Armistice was signed in 1918, in the Clairiere of Rethondes forest, during a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/EPA

It was moving to see German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron at the centenary celebrations of the 1918 Armistice. Last Sa(...)

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 (...)

“We should work on the vision of one day creating a real European army”, said German chancellor Angela Merkel to the European Parliament this week. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

‘We should work on the vision of one day creating a real European army,” said German chancellor Angela Merkel to the European Parliament this week. “T(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron’s post-nationalist Europe narrative is very simplistic. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Writing of Benito Mussolini’s brand of now-reviving nationalism, the Italian political scientist Alberto Mingardi makes a telling, and not very flatte(...)

 US president Donald Trump  and French president Emmanuel Macron in Paris last weekend. Trump would not be the first powerful man to see in an impudent junior a trace of his younger self. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Conservatives know liberal panic about the 45th US president as “Trump derangement syndrome”. Less diagnosed, though presenting similar symptoms, is M(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron greet US president Donald Trump as he arrives  at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Sunday.  Photograph:  Benoit Tessier/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump launched a barrage of tweets against his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, 48 hours after Macron criticised Tru(...)

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