Former French budget minister Jérôme  Cahuzac waits for the start of a hearing into alleged tax fraud at the National Assembly in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

When Jérôme Cahuzac was France’s budget minister, his colleagues were astonished by his command of facts and figures. Yesterday, in his second hearing(...)

French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault: “French people want efficient, comprehensible public services.” Photograph: Reuters/Charles Platiau

In my mind’s eye, the French administration is an undersea rock formation, accreting strata over the centuries. Since Napoleonic times, at least, it’s(...)

French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault: “We believe in Europe, but we are not the yes men of Europe,” he said. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Relations between Paris and José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, continued to deteriorate yesterday when prime minister Jea(...)

French president François Hollande: wants to establish a “personal training account” for the unemployed. Photograph: Andrew Winning/PA

President François Hollande prides himself on being a man of dialogue and consensus. So it is in character for him to launch France’s second annual s(...)

French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who will be presented with the Moreau report on Friday.  Photograph: Reuters

The French government has begun to test the waters for the most explosive reform it will undertake, by leaking key provisions of the Moreau report on (...)

Left-wing militants pay tribute to Clement Meric, who was attacked by skinheads on Thursday in Paris, France. Meric was reportedly left brain dead after a fight with skinheads thought to be associated with a small far-right group. Photograph: Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images

rIn just three days, Clément Méric’s baby face has become the ubiquitous symbol of the low-grade civil war between extreme left and right in France. M(...)

French president François Hollande replies to questions after his speech at the Élysée Palace yesterday. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

In what was only the second press conference of his presidency, François Hollande yesterday promise(...)

French President Francois Hollande. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Exactly one year ago next Monday, newly elected French president François Hollande made his victory(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel addressing the audience at the annual German Savings Banks Association meeting in Dresden last Thurday. A leaked French socialist party commission document referred to the “selfish intransigence of Chancellor Merkel, who thinks only of German depositors, Berlin’s trade balance and her electoral future”. Photograph: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

After nine hours of debate, a French socialist party commission has agreed to excise an aggressive phrase regarding “the selfish intransigence (...)

French foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius whose declaration was the most eagerly awaited. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

a third of President François Hollande’s 33 cabinet ministers jumped the gun, publicly declaring the value of their apartments, houses, (...)

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