French president Charles de Gaulle (centre)  in Brazzaville, French Equatorial Africa (modern-day Republic of the Congo) in 1958.

France’s Fifth Republic was born 60 years ago on Tuesday, when General Charles de Gaulle published a new constitution. It was the beginning of French (...)

 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 (...)

Front National president Marine Le Pen: her far-right father says a proposed new party name “brings nothing new” and accuses her of “lacking imagination”. Photograph: Thibault Vandermersch

The extreme right-wing leader Marine Le Pen hoped to restore her party’s flagging fortunes when she announced on Sunday that she was changing its name(...)

Jean-Marie Le Pen has had his ties with the far right party he founded, the National Front, severed. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters.

France’s far-right National Front party has confirmed it has severed its ties to firebrand founder Jean-Marie Le Pen as it tries to revive its fortune(...)

The Promo and Destock store, a French kosher grocery store in Créteil, south of Paris, after it was destroyed in an arson attack. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

The Front National is about to depart the French political scene. When members of the far-right party gather in Lille for their annual congress today,(...)

Jean-Marie Le Pen’s memoirs are a journey into France’s tormented history, particularly the second World War and decolonisation.  Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the grand-daddy of extreme right-wing movements in Europe, published the first, 400-page volume of his memoirs on March 1st. It is (...)

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen during the 18 Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Thursday. She praised President Donald Trump and lambasted the Front National’s traditional bugbears, the EU and Islam. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Marion Maréchal Le Pen was cheered at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland on Thursday, signalling a new acceptance of the French (...)

French actor Brigitte Bardot expressed regret that the global debate sparked by allegations against  US producer Harvey Weinstein was “taking the place of important issues that could be discussed”. File photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

The film star Brigitte Bardot has called female actors who denounce film producers for sexual harassment “hypocritical nobodies” and “teases” who use (...)

Former British prime minister David Cameron during the Brexit referendum campaign. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/AFP/Getty Images

The Cabinet has had its last meeting until autumn, Ministers will soon be off on their holidays, Vincent Browne has retired and so we are now official(...)

 Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, rising star of the extreme right-wing Front National, has announced she is leaving politics to spend time with her daughter and to gain experience in business. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the rising star of the extreme right-wing Front National (FN), has struck a blow at her aunt, Marine Le Pen, by withdrawing f(...)

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