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Newly named French prime minister Jean Castex: President Emmanuel Macron appointed him as the country focuses on reviving an economy hard-hit by pandemic and lockdown. Photograph: Michel Euler

The first cabinet meeting of a new French government that leans heavily to the right will take place at the Élysée Palace on Tuesday. The cabinet ann(...)

Socialist mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, who is openly hostile to Macron, is virtually certain to be re-elected, after a disastrous campaign by the president’s LREM party. Photograph: Getty Images

The second round of French municipal elections on Sunday is likely to be a humiliation for President Emmanuel Macron, whose party La République en Mar(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and prime minister Edouard Philippe. A certain tension is inherent in the French system of a dual executive branch. Photograph:   Charles Platiau/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron has remained silent in France’s prolonged bout of soul-searching about its own record of police violence, instead delegating(...)

French President Emmanuel Macron lays a wreath of flowers for VE day at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/AFP via Getty Images

Seventy-five years ago crowds massed in the streets of Europe, singing and dancing as their leaders announced the end of six years of bloody war. On (...)

President Emmanuel Macron of France speaks during a meeting with US president Donald Trump in London last December. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

On a weekday evening, members of the French establishment queued to enter the Cercle Interallié, one of the most exclusive clubs in Paris, to hear Ren(...)

The Aga Khan, for example, made five transfers totalling €19.99 million in March 2016, two into what appeared to be business accounts in Poland and three to accounts in Shenzhen and Taizhou in China

When the Aga Khan took a call from a man claiming to be the French defence minister requesting millions of euros for a top-secret government operation(...)

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 (...)

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