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French president Emmanuel Macron with Gérard Collomb, who has resigned from his role as  interior minister.   Photograph:  Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

The departure of French interior minister Gérard Collomb is considered the most serious crisis of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency, and marks the third ti(...)

Manuel Valls during a demonstration to support the unity of Spain in Barcelona. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

Manuel Valls was born 56 years ago in Barcelona, but his Swiss mother and Catalan father, a well-known painter, moved to Paris to escape Franco’s rule(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte at the 33rd annual dinner of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France in Paris.  Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron has rejected an appeal from Francis Kalifat, the president of the council of Jewish institutions in France (Crif), to recogn(...)

Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the far-left France Unbowed, who wants the European  flag replaced with the flag of the United Nations. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of the far-left France Unbowed, says the blue and gold European flag is a “sectarian emblem” symbolising the EU’s Chris(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron speaking in Frankfurt.  Mr Macron said  EU engagement with Catalonia would set a dangerous precedent. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron has sided with the Spanish government in its dispute with the Catalan independence movement, condemning what he call(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron: has built his victories on French rejection of their political class. But he has not entirely transformed that rejection into support for his programme. Photograph: Michel Euler/AFP/Getty

The election of an absolute majority loyal to President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday closed an extraordinary period in French politics. In just 14 (...)

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(...)

Konrad Szymanski, Poland’s Europe minister, planned reform of the EU’s labour market is “simply not fair”. Photograph: Thierry Tronnel/Corbis via Getty Images

The European Union risks alienating its central and eastern members states if it pushes ahead with planned reforms to its labour market, Poland’s Euro(...)

France’s prime minister Edouard Philippe looks set to achieve his aim of securing a majority of seats in the National Assembly for new president Emmanuel Macron’s party, La République En Marche. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

The campaign for next month’s legislative elections in France officially opened on Monday, two weeks and a day after the centrist Emmanuel Macron won (...)

Richard Ferrand, general secretary of the political movement, La Republique En Marche, gives a press conference in Paris on Thursday about the party’s  candidates for the upcoming legislative elections. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/Reuters

President-elect Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche! movement – renamed La République en Marche or LRM this week – received more than 19,000 applications from(...)

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