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A horse rears as France’s new president Emmanuel Macron parades in a car on the Champs-Élysées after his formal inauguration ceremony in Paris on Sunday. Photograph: Michel Euler/AFP/Getty Images

The newly elected French president, Emmanuel Macron, promised to restore France’s battered self-confidence in a brief inaugural address at the Élysée (...)

French President elect Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux celebrate on the stage at his victory rally near the Louvre in Paris, France. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

France has chosen as its next president a polished career technocrat, a middle-class énarque who in time-honoured tradition moved seamlessly between t(...)

Much of France, Europe and the world heaved a huge sigh of relief last night when the independent centrist Emmanuel Macron won a landslide victory in (...)

Emmanuel Macron: “I practise benevolence. I have never said a negative sentence against anyone.” Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

The newly elected president Emmanuel Macron faces the near impossible challenge of reversing France’s decline and reconciling a deeply divided populat(...)

Extreme-right  French presidential election candidate Marine Le Pen arriving to deliver a speech during a campaign meeting in Ennemain on Thursday. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

With a black bandana covering his mouth and his eyes obscured by dark glasses, 26-year-old activist Rudolph describes Sunday’s French presidential ele(...)

Emmanuel Macron: “Because he has never been a politician, there is a naive side to him.” Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

The winner of the second round of the French presidential election this Sunday will go on to fight what is commonly referred to as “the third round” i(...)

Polls predict Emmanuel Macron will win the May 7th run-off with about 60 per cent, but recent momentum has  been with Marine Le Pen, who clawed back about five percentage points in the past week. Photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters

A week before a decisive second round in France’s presidential election, many voters are sceptical that either of the two candidates can solve chronic(...)

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron (right) shakes hands with Etienne Cardiles, the partner of  policeman Xavier Jugelé, who was killed in a terrorist attack  on the Champs Élysees, during a ceremony in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

French presidential favourite Emmanuel Macron came under fire from both potential allies and his run-off rival Marine Le Pen on Tuesday for acting as (...)

Emmanuel Macron leaves his home surrounded by policemen in Paris on Monday, after the first round of presidential elections where he ended in first place. Photograph:  Benoit Tessier/Reuters

European leaders are usually scrupulous observers of the unwritten diplomatic convention that precludes them from commenting in the middle of a neighb(...)

Founder and Leader of the political movement ‘En Marche !’ Emmanuel Macron speaks after winning the lead percentage of votes in the first round of the French Presidential Elections at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Emmanuel Macron will be almost certainly be the next French president. And the relief is immense. The much anticipated domino effect following the Bre(...)

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