Francois Hollande

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Stung by the gilets jaunes revolt, the continuing rise of the far-right and the persistent slur that his La République en Marche is a purely bourgeois party, the president has made immigration a theme of his autumn agenda. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

In approaching immigration, Emmanuel Macron need only look to his immediate predecessors in the Élysée Palace to see how not to do it. One of the keys(...)

Gilbert Chikli: expected to face trial early next year for the elaborate “fake Le Drian” scam than netted scores of millions of euro from wealthy French figures.   Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty

The Aga Khan was an obvious target for the Franco-Israeli fraudsters who devised the “fake Le Drian” scam. By tradition, the world’s Shia Muslim Isma(...)

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(...)

Liam Kavanagh, managing director of The Irish Times, presents the Top 1,000 Distinguished Leader in Business award to Breege O’Donoghue of Primark at The Irish Times Business Awards. Photograph: Kieran Harnett

Breege O’Donoghue, executive director of Primark/Penneys, which employs more than 5,000 people in the Republic, has been named ‘Irish Times’ Top 1000 (...)

A fighter for the Syrian Democratic Forces  in Raqqa, Syria in 2017. The SDF have been holding the French jihadists but are no longer able to do so. Photograph: Reuters/Erik De Castro

Opposition politicians in France have responded with alarm to government confirmation that 130 French jihadists are to be repatriated from Syria. The(...)

A firefighter extinguishes a burning car during the yellow vests’ demonstration near the Arc de Triomphe today. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Several police vehicles were parked on the corner below my apartment building. Cops checked identity papers of pedestrians in my neighbourhood, where (...)

Ségolène Royal is a veteran of 30 years in French politics. She was the first woman in France to make it to the runoff in a presidential election. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

If there were a prize for sheer dogged indestructibility in French politics, Ségolène Royal would surely win it. The first woman to make it to the ru(...)

French soldiers near Verdun battlefield  on which 163,000 French soldiers and 143,000 German soldiers died. Photograph: STF/AFP/Getty

French president Emmanuel Macron will begin a marathon, six-day pilgrimage to key locations of the first World War on Sunday, with German president Fr(...)

    Writer and lecturer Aurélie Filippetti   with Bono, who  was made  a “commander of arts and letters” during her tenure as François Hollande’s culture minister. Photograph:  Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty

While waiters at the Senate restaurant hovered over Aurélie Filippetti, calling the former culture minister madame la ministre, the Socialist Party wa(...)

Manuel Valls during a demonstration to support the unity of Spain in Barcelona. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

Manuel Valls was born 56 years ago in Barcelona, but his Swiss mother and Catalan father, a well-known painter, moved to Paris to escape Franco’s rule(...)

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