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(...)

Although François Hollande will remain France’s head of state for another five months, his announcement that he will not seek re-election as president marks his political death. File photograph: Yoan Valat/AFP/Getty Images

As he read his speech on Thursday night, the president of France looked like a convict climbing on to the scaffold. Although François Hollande will r(...)

French president François Hollande will likely face a threat from former president Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

With the end of the summer holidays, the 2017 French presidential race has started. The men considered most likely to represent the left and the conse(...)

Protesters demonstrate against local bans in France of the burkini, outside the French embassy in London, Britain. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

A French court will today rule on the legality of local “burkini” bans, which have drawn international criticism and exposed a rift in François Hollan(...)

A man clad in a Darth Vader mask wields smoke flares during a demonstration against the French government’s planned labour law reforms in Marseille, earlier in June. Photograph: Getty Images

The extreme violence of Tuesday’s protest march against France’s new labour law has precipitated a showdown over the holding of two further demonstrat(...)

“They didn’t tell us the truth about the dogs. If I’d known the dogs were dead, I wouldn’t have risked my life for €1,900. I wouldn’t have signed up. I’m not crazy”

Nearly two months after he willingly became a human guinea pig in pharmaceutical tests carried out by the Biotrial company in Rennes, Stéphane Schubha(...)

French health minister Marisol Touraine and neuroscientist Gilles Edan. The minister promised to “get to the bottom of this tragic accident”. Photograph: Reuters/Stephane Mahe

One man is brain dead and four others are likely to suffer “irreversible handicaps” after participating in a drug trial for a French company that spe(...)

France’s government is likely to back a bill banning excessively thin fashion models. Above, Etam creations from Paris fashion week. Photograph:  Charles Platiau/Reuters

France’s government is likely to back a bill banning excessively thin fashion models as well as potentially fining the modelling agency or fashion hou(...)

France’s president Francois Hollande smiles during the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

France’s cash-strapped government was attacked from left and right today over plans to cut family benefit payouts by tying them for the first time in (...)

Orange was formerly the state-owned France Telecom, which reported a similar wave of deaths between 2008 and 2009. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

The French telecoms company Orange is on “serious alert” after reports of a fresh spate of work-related suicides. Since the beginning of(...)

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