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Christine Lagarde: being the unlikely candidate has consistently been the making of her. Photograph: Saul Loeb

“No, no, no, no, no, no,” Christine Lagarde said last year when asked if she was interested in running the European Central Bank (ECB). What she meant(...)

US president Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron   shake hands during the press conference in  Normandy, June 6th. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

All eyes were on the chemistry between presidents Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump when the French and American leaders met for commemorations of the (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron addresses a meeting of some 600 mayors in Grand-Bourgtheroulde, Normandy. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Emmanuel Macron was once a young man in a hurry. At the opening session of a two-month “great national debate” on Tuesday, the mayors of 600 towns and(...)

Europe’s future depended on France and Germany working together to prevent the continent becoming a “plaything of great powers,” French president Emmanuel Macron told the Bundestag. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

In his Bundestag debut on Sunday, French president Emmanuel Macron warned Europe – and his German host – that “chaos” looms unless the continent – pus(...)

Algerians forced to the ground by the  French military in 1955 in Kabylia, Algeria: the Algerian war poisons relations between Paris and Algiers to this day.  Photograph: Michel Desjardins/Gamma-Rapho via Getty

Every war is fought twice: once for supremacy on the battlefield, then for control of its memory. The Algerian war lasted eight years, from 1954 to 19(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron with Michele Audin, daughter of late Maurice Audin, as he leaves the home in Bagnolet of Josette Audin, widow of Audin, on Thursday. Photograph: Thomas  SamsoN/AFP/Getty Images

When President Emmanuel Macron recognised the responsibility of the French state for the torture and murder of the communist mathematician and anti-co(...)

 French supporters celebrate on the Champs-Élysées after  their team’s victory over Croatia in the  World Cup  final. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

France’s young, World Cup-winning soccer team staged a victorious homecoming parade on Monday in an open-top bus down the Champs-Élysées, as hundreds (...)

Bosnian Muslim women offers prayers near the caskets of 71 victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, at the memorial cemetery in the village of Potocari, near the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica, on July 11th, 2017.  Photograph:  Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

In 2015, just days before the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, Bosnia’s former ambassador to the UN aimed a late-night tweet at the Dutch (...)

 Zinedine Zidane  after head-butting Italian defender Marco Materazzi.  Photograph: Getty Images

The crowd are whistling. Something has happened. Marco Materazzi is on the ground. The match commentators are confused. They think David Trezeguet has(...)

A protester throws a container during clashes with police  in Paris on Thursday. Photograph:  Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP/Getty Images

A far-left union bid to turn a protest on Thursday over a shakeup of the state railways into a bigger show of resistance to President Emmanuel Macron(...)

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