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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 (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron  speaks with foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian: Mr Macron has achieved his goal of splitting the conservatives. Photograph: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty

French president Emmanuel Macron has been plunged into the first crisis of his administration, with the resignation of four of 16 cabinet ministers, a(...)

France’s president-elect, Emmanuel Macron, poses with a woman for a selfie in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

France’s president-elect Emmanuel Macron is applying the oldest principle in politics, divide and rule, as he draws up his government prior to the Jun(...)

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