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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(...)

François Fillon was expected to win the top office until it was revealed his wife had received some €600,000 for a fake job. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The French national financial prosecutor has recommended that former conservative presidential candidate François Fillon and his wife, Penelope, be pr(...)

Laurent Wauquiez (42) succeeded Nicolas Sarkozy as leader of the right-wing Les Républicains after a campaign in which he positioned himself on a Catholic, identity-based platform. Photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters
France: The right regroups

It’s difficult for a party to lose an internal leadership election, but Les Républicains, France’s centre-right opposition bloc, has form in such thin(...)

Hurricane Irma: President Macron on his way to St Martin and St Bart on Tuesday. Photograph: Christophe Ena/pool/EPA

Four months after his election political commentators are still struggling to classify President Emmanuel Macron. In recent days he has been called a (...)

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 (...)

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