Emmanuel Macron  leaves his house to vote in Le Touquet, northern France, during the second round of the parliamentary elections, on Sunday. AFP Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron’s party, La République En Marche (LREM), won an absolute majority of seats in the National Assembly on Sunday, though the ma(...)

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron leave a polling booth as they vote in the first round of the two-stage legislative elections on Sunday. Photograph: AP Photo/Thibault Camus
Macron marches on

In April 2016, Emmanuel Macron, a young and talented technocrat with no political base or electoral experience, set up an insurgent political movement(...)

Socialists’ downfall: Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, the party’s secretary general, was among the electoral losers. Photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty

“The Berezina of the Socialist Party” was the term widely used to describe the defeat of the former ruling party in Sunday’s French legislative electi(...)

France’s president-elect, Emmanuel Macron, poses with a woman for a selfie in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

France’s president-elect Emmanuel Macron is applying the oldest principle in politics, divide and rule, as he draws up his government prior to the Jun(...)

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 (...)

Presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron  in Algiers.  He told an Algerian television station that colonial France had committed crimes against humanity. Photograph:   STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images

In just two days, the centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron managed to enrage the French right, extreme right and the lesbian, gay and transsexual commu(...)

Manuel Valls, France’s former prime minister and Socialist Party presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign event in Paris  on Friday. Photograph: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

Voting got under way on Sunday to whittle down Socialist candidates for the French presidential ticket to two from seven. Former prime minister Manue(...)

France’s Socialist Party faces an uphill battle to even make the round-two runoff such is its unpopularity ahead of elections. Photographs: Getty Images

France’s ruling Socialists, staring at prospective humiliation in next year’s presidential election, are marshalling their forces in an attempt to re-(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, pictured at a  reception newly-arrived foreign ambassadors at the Kremlin on Wednesday, wished Donald Trump success on his election as US president. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/EPA

Russia, Ukraine & Hungary The Kremlin was quick to congratulate Donald Trump on Wednesday morning and Russia’s lower house of parliament broke in(...)

Michel Rocard: French president François  Hollande called him “a great figure of the republic and the left”. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Former prime minister Michel Rocard will be remembered as he wished, with a national ceremony at Les Invalides, presided over by President François Ho(...)

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