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French prime minister Jean Castex  presenting the  France Relance crisis recovery plan for the economy. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty

The French word for recovery rhymes with France, which gave the government the snappy name of France Relance for an ambitious €100 billion Covid recov(...)

Neymar is the heart of PSG’s entire enterprise: not just as a visible, and indeed literal ambassador for Qatar’s grand plan, but also as the key on-field presence. Photograph: EPA

“Football is not for sale,” Aleksander Ceferin pronounced, famously, at a Uefa conference two years ago, in the process exploring the depth, width and(...)

Emmanuel Macron, Brigitte Macron and Nicolas Sarkozy meet at the French cup final in 2018 at Saint-Denis. Photograph: Mehdi Taamallah/NurPhoto

“A certain resemblance,” noted the front-page headline of Le Parisien newspaper, above a photograph of President Emmanuel Macron and former president (...)

Newly named French prime minister Jean Castex: President Emmanuel Macron appointed him as the country focuses on reviving an economy hard-hit by pandemic and lockdown. Photograph: Michel Euler

The first cabinet meeting of a new French government that leans heavily to the right will take place at the Élysée Palace on Tuesday. The cabinet ann(...)

Edouard Philippe applauds his successor as French prime minister, Jean Castex,  during a handover ceremony at the Hotel de Matignon, the official residence of the French prime minister, in Paris on Friday. Photograph: Jeanne Frank/Bloomberg

President Emmanuel Macron has replaced Édouard Philippe, his prime minister of three years, with Jean Castex, a virtually unknown high-ranking civil s(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and prime minister Edouard Philippe. A certain tension is inherent in the French system of a dual executive branch. Photograph:   Charles Platiau/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron has remained silent in France’s prolonged bout of soul-searching about its own record of police violence, instead delegating(...)

A videograb of Thierry Henry’s handball that led to William Gallas’s goal during the World Cup playoff, second leg against the Republic of Ireland at the Stade de France in November 2009. Photograph: Sky Sports

Something was wrong. Something more than the fact that Ireland had just conceded a goal that threatened to end their hopes of making it to the World C(...)

French President Emmanuel Macron lays a wreath of flowers for VE day at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/AFP via Getty Images

Seventy-five years ago crowds massed in the streets of Europe, singing and dancing as their leaders announced the end of six years of bloody war. On (...)

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont is being challenged by  vice-chairman Agustín Pichot in Sunday’s vote. Photograph:  Dave Rogers/World Rugby via Getty Images

There may be no more on-field rugby contests for the foreseeable future but a hugely significant match-up takes place on Sunday when the World Rugby C(...)

The  Sorbonne University in Paris is one of a small number of “target universities” which has benefited from a  €10 billion investment programme under the French government’s initiative d’excellence or Idex. Photograph: iStock

Global university rankings have been with us since Shanghai Jiao Tong University started its list of the world’s best universities back in 2003. The a(...)

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