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A UN police officer escorts an armoured car of the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Mali  during a night patrol in Timbuktu on December 8th. Photograph:  Florent Vergnes/AFP via Getty Images

On his arrival in the Saharan Malian town of Timbuktu in 2013 to celebrate its liberation from Islamists with the help of French forces, France’s then(...)

Eric Zemmour has never been elected to public office and has not officially declared his candidacy for the presidency. However his dark rhetoric may be more in synch with the national mood than Emmanuel Macron’s chirpy optimism. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty Images

France will choose its next president six months from Sunday, on April 24th, 2022. The re-election of Emmanuel Macron remains the most likely scenario(...)

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty last Thursday of illegal campaign financing of his unsuccessful 2012 reelection bid. Photograph: Michel Euler/AP

It was not a trivial technical breach of electoral rules. Nicolas Sarkozy, while in office, spent at least €42.8 million in his unsuccessful attempt t(...)

Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi: His   killing has “struck a decisive blow against the command structure of Isis in the Sahel. The organisation has been decapitated,” says French defence minister Florence Parly.  Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

French forces in Africa have killed Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the self-proclaimed leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS), which Sa(...)

Emmanuel Merkel and Angela Merkel have been lucid about the character of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel was not naturally inclined to focus on Franco-German relations. “She comes from the former East Germany, and her experience w(...)

French President Emmanuel Macron, pictured with his wife Brigitte Macron, is considering reviving the controversial overhaul, and perhaps attempting to raise the retirement age. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin / AFP via Getty Images

There are certain staples in the term of any French president: the sacking of the prime minister when things are going badly, for example, or the obli(...)

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 Nicolas Sarkozy arriving at the Paris courthouse on Monday. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption on Monday and sentenced to three years in prison, a stunning fall from grace f(...)

 People lay flowers and candles in front of an impromptu memorial for the victims of the  November 13th terrorist attacks set up near the Bataclan concert venue in Paris, in November 2015. File photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Five years after Islamist killers carried out post-war France’s deadliest attack, its prime minister on Friday paid tribute to the victims, with the c(...)

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