Franco-Irish alliance: Emmanuel Macron and Leo Varadkar at the Élysée Palace. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

When Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Emmanuel Macron met at the Élysée Palace this week they congratulated each other and themselves for taking o(...)

Virginie Calmels and Laurent Wauquiez. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Laurent Wauquiez, the political heir of former president Nicolas Sarkozy and a representative of the hard right, is likely to be elected president of (...)

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National (FN) party, and Steeve Briois, mayor of Hénin-Beaumont,  where Ms Le Pen was campaigning in her bid to  win a seat in the National Assembly in legislative elections on June 11th and 18th. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

The defeated French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen hit the campaign trail again on Friday, in Hénin-Beaumont, a former coalmining town in northe(...)

 Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, rising star of the extreme right-wing Front National, has announced she is leaving politics to spend time with her daughter and to gain experience in business. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the rising star of the extreme right-wing Front National (FN), has struck a blow at her aunt, Marine Le Pen, by withdrawing f(...)

 French presidential election candidate for the far right Front National (FN) party, Marine Le Pe. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

Plans to rename and “profoundly transform” the Front National after Marine Le Pen’s defeat by Emmanuel Macron in France’s presidential runoff will mee(...)

Many right- and far-right voters fear Macron, left, will be a continuation of François Hollande, right. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

At first glance, the election of Emmanuel Macron as president of France on Sunday night looked like a dream come true. A depressed and ageing country (...)

Election posters of French presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen with graffiti reading “Neither banker, nor fascist”. Photograph: Damien Meyerdamien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, the two candidates in Sunday’s French presidential election, have changed strategies in the last week of the campai(...)

French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron speaks with employees of the Whirlpool plant in Amiens, northern France, on Wednesday. Photograph: 	Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron was ambushed on the campaign trail on Wednesday by far-right rival Marine Le Pen, with the rivals for (...)

French presidential  candidate  Marine Le Pen saluted Trump’s “realism and determination to change things”. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Marine Le Pen, the presidential candidate for France’s extreme right-wing Front National, attempted to burnish her diplomatic credentials this week w(...)

Marion Maréchal Le Pen: The niece of presidential candidate  Marine Le Pen described rival Emmanuel Macron as the “candidate of repentance” over his comments about French colonisation of Algeria. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has angered the French right by calling France’s 132-year colonisation of Algeria a “crime against(...)

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