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(...)

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen waves to supporters during her rally in   Villepinte, near Paris, on Monday. Photograph: François Mori/AP

Marine Le Pen, the candidate for the extreme right-wing Front National (FN) portrayed her centrist opponent Emmanuel Macron as the embodiment of finan(...)

 Police  help  students leave the scene of the  shooting at Lycee Alexis de Tocqueville  in Grasse, near Cannes, southern France, on Thursday. Photograph: Olivier Anrigo/EPA

A 16-year-old student who was obsessed by the Columbine massacre in the United States opened fire on his school principal and fellow students in the s(...)

France’s education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem: “I didn’t imagine that the pope would let himself be fooled by the medacious folly of the fundamentalists. It makes me angry.” Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

France’s education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem has reacted angrily to remarks by Pope Francis regarding the alleged teaching of “gender theory” in(...)

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(...)

French police stand in front of CGT union members during a protest at a factory in Saint Amand les Eaux, northern France. Photograph: AFP Photo

If one judged only from the strikes this week, the showdown between the communist CGT trade union and the French government over the new labour law wo(...)

French police work in the wreckage of a school bus after it crashed into a truck killing at least six children, police said. Photograph: Xavier Leoty/AFP/Getty Images

Six teenagers were killed and three others injured when their school bus was hit by a trailer lorry carrying rubble from a construction site in the Fr(...)

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 president François:  has gone from saying ‘finance is the enemy’ during the 2012 presidential campaign to espousing supply-side economics. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

France’s rebel economy minister Arnaud Montebourg was replaced yesterday in the new government by Emmanuel Macron (36), the outgoing deputy secretary (...)

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