UBS was hit with a €3.7bn penalty for recruiting clients in France and helping them evade taxes. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann

In May 2011, a scared employee from Swiss bank UBS was summoned without warning or explanation to meet French government officials outside the Louis V(...)

A fighter for the Syrian Democratic Forces  in Raqqa, Syria in 2017. The SDF have been holding the French jihadists but are no longer able to do so. Photograph: Reuters/Erik De Castro

Opposition politicians in France have responded with alarm to government confirmation that 130 French jihadists are to be repatriated from Syria. The(...)

“Gilets jaunes” protesters take part in the ninth consecutive national Saturday demonstration, in Bordeaux, France, on January 12th. Photograph: Caroline Blumberg/EPA

President Emmanuel Macron will on Tuesday launch a two-month “great national debate” about how France is governed, in the hope of salvaging the remain(...)

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National (FN) party, and Steeve Briois, mayor of Hénin-Beaumont,  where Ms Le Pen was campaigning in her bid to  win a seat in the National Assembly in legislative elections on June 11th and 18th. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

The defeated French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen hit the campaign trail again on Friday, in Hénin-Beaumont, a former coalmining town in northe(...)

French presidential election candidates Emmanuel Macron,   for the En Marche! movement, and  Marine Le Pen,  for the far-right Front National party. Photographs:  Eric Feferberg,Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

The French presidential election campaign officially ended at midnight on Friday. Radio and television stations are banned from discussing candidates(...)

Supporters show their selfies with Emmanuel Macronduring a campaign visit in Rodez, France, on Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Regis Duvignau

Donald Trump’s election may seem a strange place to begin to recount the French presidential campaign, but it was the moment when, in the words of Mar(...)

Election posters of French presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen with graffiti reading “Neither banker, nor fascist”. Photograph: Damien Meyerdamien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, the two candidates in Sunday’s French presidential election, have changed strategies in the last week of the campai(...)

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(...)

Polls predict Emmanuel Macron will win the May 7th run-off with about 60 per cent, but recent momentum has  been with Marine Le Pen, who clawed back about five percentage points in the past week. Photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters

A week before a decisive second round in France’s presidential election, many voters are sceptical that either of the two candidates can solve chronic(...)

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen temporarily resigned as leader of the Front National saying she wanted to be “above partisan considerations”. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The Holocaust came back to haunt Marine Le Pen’s presidential campaign again on Friday, just nine days before the second round of the French president(...)