French president Emmanuel Macron greets Claude Érignac’s widow, Dominique, and  children Charles-Antoine and Marie-Christophine in Ajaccio, Corsica. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Reuters

French president Emmanuel Macron adopted a hard line against Corsican nationalists in his tribute to Claude Érignac, the French prefect who was assass(...)

Political advisor,  business consultant and intellectual Hakim El Karoui: In July, he drafted an open letter published by the Journal du Dimanche. “We who are French and Muslim are ready to assume our responsibilities,” it began. The text was signed by 41 Muslim academics, business people, scientists and cultural figures, and was widely noted by media and politicians. Photograph:  Matthieu alexandre/AFP/Getty Images

Hakim El Karoui was not predisposed to become a spokesman for the silent majority of French Muslims. “I never played the role of the minority kid from(...)

A woman wearing a burkini walks in the water on Saturday at a beach in Marseille in France, the day after the country’s highest administrative court suspended a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits. Photograph: Reuters

Europe’s increasingly intolerant debate about the burkini is puzzling to many European Muslims. Liberal indignation at the sight of a Muslim woman i(...)

‘Whatever one thinks of the burkini, it is hard to see any way in which legislating against it could be helpful.’ Photograph: Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images

It would be hard to find swimwear skimpy enough to cause offence on the French Riviera. It turns out that people are more easily shocked by the idea o(...)

French secondary school teachers take part in a demonstration against  curriculum reforms in Paris. Photograph: Yoan Valat

Tens of thousands of French teachers marched in Paris, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Rennes, Strasbourg and Toulouse on Tuesday, demanding a repeal of the r(...)

 French National Front leader Marine Le Pen:   If François Hollande faced Le Pen in the 2017 runoff for the presidency, some conservatives predict the right would vote massively for Le Pen. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Marine Le Pen, president of France? It may sound far-fetched, but a victory by the leader of the extreme right-wing National Front (FN) is a frequent (...)