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Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Russian president Vladimir Putin  in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph:  Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/EPA

Sport and politics shouldn’t mix, goes the earnest cliché. Except they do – all the time. And that’s partly what makes some sports so interesting. The(...)

Investigators uncovered the alleged corruption by chance while probing allegations that Muammar Gadafy, the late Libyan dictator, had paid €50 million to Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential campaign.  Photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images

Nicolas Sarkozy’s legal woes deepened on Thursday after judges decided to send the former French president for trial over allegations of corruption an(...)

Funding allegations: Muammar Gadafy with Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007. Photograph: Gamma-Rapho via Getty

The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into police custody on Tuesday for questioning about alleged Libyan financing of his 2007 presid(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte at the 33rd annual dinner of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France in Paris.  Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron has rejected an appeal from Francis Kalifat, the president of the council of Jewish institutions in France (Crif), to recogn(...)

Salah Abdeslam sits surrounded by Belgian special police officers in the courtroom at the Palais de Justice courthouse in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Salah Abdeslam was taken from his cell in Fleury-Mérogis prison, south of Paris, before 4am on Monday, to be transported by road to the Palais de Just(...)

The chief foreign beneficiary of Donald Trump’s insularity was Vladimir Putin, who has used his new strength in the Middle East as a springboard to bring Russia back to the geopolitical top table.  Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images
Demons unleashed

Across the western world in 2017, the defining ideological divide was not between left and right, but open versus closed. It was that cleavage – natio(...)

Ségolène Royal  and Switzerland’s Bertrand Piccard. Photograph: Philipp Guelland/EPA

When an English-speaking politician loses an election, he or she usually leaves public life. Not in France, where politicians appear to be indestructi(...)

Imam Hassen Chalghoumi, left, and French author Marek Halter, centre, with a group called “Muslims Against Terrorism” in front of the Bataclan venue, Paris, on Monday. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Families of the victims of France’s deadliest terror attacks stood in silence and tears as President Emmanuel Macron and other officials honoured the (...)

Six months into his presidency, Emmanuel Macron of France already has important achievements to his name. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Emmanuel Macron is an unlikely insurgent. A technocratic ex-banker with an elite education and a career that spanned the upper reaches of Parisian bus(...)

On the throne: Emmanuel Macron in Paris shortly after his inauguration. Photograph: Charles Platiau/AFP/Getty

Six months ago tonight a 39-year-old from Picardy with almost no political experience but immense self-confidence made a solemn victory march across t(...)

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