Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy: “Who could have imagined that, in 2014 in France, the right to privacy would be violated by telephone taps?” Photograph: Reuters/Benoit Tessier

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday retaliated against magistrates who are inve(...)

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault came clean on Tuesday night. Photograph: EPA

For two weeks, French socialists had been rubbing their hands with glee. In the run-up to the first round of nationwide municipal elections on (...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy: datebooks are relevant to several financial scandals in which he is under investigation. Photograph: Reuters/Eric Gaillard

In yet another setback for the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the Court of Cass(...)

French President Francois Hollande:  “We have paid the price in weak growth and a succession of redundancy plans.” Photograph: EPA

French president François Hollande has pledged to cut public spending, lower taxes and reduce labour costs for business in a bid to convince a sceptic(...)

France has decided to maintain a ban on Muslim headscarves for volunteer school monitors despite a warning that it overstepped the law requiring religious neutrality in the public service.

France has decided to maintain a ban on Muslim headscarves for volunteer school monitors despite a warning that it overstepped the law requiring relig(...)

Detail of Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix, in the Louvre Museum, Paris. Photograph: JMN/Cover/Getty Images

France’s culture minister, Aurélie Filippetti, took an emphatically negative position yesterday in the growing controversy over whether Paris should l(...)

Employees of French tools and supplies retailer Castorama demonstrate to ask for the right to open the stores on Sundays. Photograph: Pierre Verdy/ AFP/Getty Images)

For the second time in five years, France will pass a law in 2014 to regulate Sunday trading, prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has announced. Ayraul(...)

French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira attends a parliamentary questions session at the National Assembly in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Charles Platiau

French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has filed a lawsuit against the extreme right-wing publication Minute for “racist insults”. If convicted, its (...)

Hardline French interior minister Manuel Valls sparked nine days of government crisis when he said on September 24th that the Roma had a “way of life extremely different from our own” and alleged that only “a minority want to integrate”. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

Divisions within the government over France’s treatment of some 20,000 Roma dominated French politics all week, forcing President François Hollande to(...)

French President François Hollande waits for a guest on the steps at the Elysee Palace in Paris. With approval ratings low, the Hollande administration is often accused of incompetence and  inconsistency.  Photograph:  Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

In the sunshine on the tarmac at Villacoublay military airport yesterday, President François Hollande spoke of “immense joy” at the return of four Fre(...)

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