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Posters in support of France’s far-right media pundit Eric Zemmour in a street of Paris. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty

The likelihood that Éric Zemmour, an extreme right-wing author, newspaper columnist and television polemicist who has three times been convicted of ha(...)

President Emmanuel Macron: Has lost the advantage of novelty in his re-election campaign. And this time there is a hard core of voters on the far left and far right who hate him viscerally. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Anne Fontaine’s new comedy Les Présidents, a work of political fiction, was an immediate hit in French cinemas this week. The plot is simple. Two form(...)

 Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy: Faces up to one year in prison and a fine of €3,750 if found guilty. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has gone on trial for the alleged illegal campaign financing of the massive, showman-style political ralli(...)

Former president of France Nicolas Sarkozy  during a French TV interview in recent days. Mr Sarkozy launched a defiant offensive to clear his name after being handed a three-year sentence for corruption, lambasting the verdict and mulling a petition to Europe’s top rights court. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFPGetty

France’s voters gave their verdict on former president Nicolas Sarkozy long before last Monday’s criminal court ruling. Emanuel Macron’s presidency an(...)

Former French PM François Fillon and his  wife Penelope leave the courthouse surrounded by their lawyers in Paris on Monday. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

The trial of former French prime minister François Fillon and his Welsh-born wife Penelope on corruption charges was postponed on Monday “out of sympa(...)

Penelope and François Fillon: The 150-page charge sheet details six blocks of allegedly illegal payments totalling €1,306,400. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images

The trial of the former French prime minister François Fillon, his Welsh-born wife Penelope, and Marc Joulaud, the man who replaced Fillon in the Nati(...)

Marine Le Pen: Communities with a strong military or paramilitary presence all voted in greater percentages for her, the Front National and the Rassemblement National. Photograph: Sylvain Lefevre/Getty

The proportion of the French military voting for the far-right peaked in the immediate aftermath of jihadist attacks in 2015, subsided somewhat in the(...)

Former environment minister François de Rugy and his wife,  journalist Séverine Servat. Rugy resigned   following revelations by news website Mediapart about sumptuous private dinners paid for by public funds. Photograph: Julien de Rosa/EPA

A pile of giant red lobsters on a silver platter, surrounded by champagne bottles and glittering crystal, destroyed the career of environment minister(...)

Hardline Les Républicains president Laurent Wauquiez, who resigned on Sunday night. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty

The French conservative party Les Républicains, the heir of Gen Charles de Gaulle and the political camp of presidents de Gaulle, Pompidou, Chirac and(...)

“Gilets jaunes” protesters take part in the ninth consecutive national Saturday demonstration, in Bordeaux, France, on January 12th. Photograph: Caroline Blumberg/EPA

President Emmanuel Macron will on Tuesday launch a two-month “great national debate” about how France is governed, in the hope of salvaging the remain(...)

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