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Virginie Calmels and Laurent Wauquiez. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Laurent Wauquiez, the political heir of former president Nicolas Sarkozy and a representative of the hard right, is likely to be elected president of (...)

French prime minister Edouard Philippe gives a press conference after a meeting about the new labour code with representatives of French unions at the Hotel Matignon in Paris on Thursday. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

The French government has unveiled contentious pro-business measures to liberalise the country’s dysfunctional jobs market, in a move that will test P(...)

 Emmanuel Macron: he claims to be “neither left nor right”. Photograph:  Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron combines a belief in liberal economics with a social conscience. The tension between the two is at the heart of the dramatic(...)

Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu and French president Emmanuel Macron react after making a joint declaration at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on Sunday. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/EPA

President Emmanuel Macron continued his quest to tame some of the world’s most intractable leaders on Sunday, when he invited Israeli prime minister B(...)

“If there had been referendums in France or Italy last year, when the wave of anti-establishment anger was at its height, there is every possibility that the EU could now be facing an existential crisis of much greater import than Brexit itself.” Illustration: Getty Images

This is the final part of the ‘Irish Times’ series Europe’s Future. With Brexit talks in train, and the European Union assailed by(...)

French far-right Front National (FN) party’s Member of Parliament Marine Le Pen speaks to  the press after French president Emmanuel Macron gave a speech during a special congress gathering both houses of parliament (National Assembly and Senate) in the palace of Versailles, outside Paris, on July 3rd, 2017. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Populism has been on the rise in the West for more than four decades. But the earth-shattering events of the past year, the Brexit referendu(...)

Emmanuel Macron, France’s president: “A technocratic ex-investment banker who embodies the French elite.” Photograph: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

In much of the world, if you take a long view of the trajectory of human progress, things are looking pretty good just now. Poverty is falling at a fa(...)

File photograph of Marine Le Pen at  the French National Assembly in Paris. File photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

French prosecutors placed far-right leader Marine Le Pen under formal investigation on Friday as part of an inquiry into the alleged misuse of EU fun(...)

Colm Keena The people of Jobstown were being “demonised” for protesting against the failure of the Labour Party to keep its promise in relation to wa(...)

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 (...)

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