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Posters in support of France’s far-right media pundit Eric Zemmour in a street of Paris. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty

The likelihood that Éric Zemmour, an extreme right-wing author, newspaper columnist and television polemicist who has three times been convicted of ha(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech to the French military forces at the Cercle National des Armées in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/EPA

Spectators at the Bastille Day parade on the Champs-Élysées on Wednesday must present a health pass certifying that they are either fully vaccinated a(...)

French President Emmanuel Macron, pictured with his wife Brigitte Macron, is considering reviving the controversial overhaul, and perhaps attempting to raise the retirement age. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin / AFP via Getty Images

There are certain staples in the term of any French president: the sacking of the prime minister when things are going badly, for example, or the obli(...)

 Irish Defence Forces 99th Infantry battalion in the village of Kerfi in the Goz Beida region of Chad in 2009: Such complex missions are likely become the future for the Irish military. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

After returning home from attending an Ireland-France rugby match in Paris in 2007, then taoiseach Bertie Ahern had a proposal which took Irish milita(...)

President Emmanuel Macron: Has lost the advantage of novelty in his re-election campaign. And this time there is a hard core of voters on the far left and far right who hate him viscerally. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Anne Fontaine’s new comedy Les Présidents, a work of political fiction, was an immediate hit in French cinemas this week. The plot is simple. Two form(...)

A minimum rate of 15 per cent – if adopted – is a very modest lift and would still leave Ireland with one of the lowest, if not the lowest, statutory tax rates in the EU. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/The New York Times

Labour’s finance spokesman, Ged Nash, did the unthinkable last week. He contemplated – out loud – raising Ireland’s 12.5 per cent corporate tax rate. (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron takes a selfie with member of the public  in Valence, southeastern France, on Tuesday. Photograph: Philippe Desmazes/AP

A man slapped Emmanuel Macron in the face on Tuesday, briefly interrupting a walkabout during the French president’s tour of the provinces ahead of th(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron signs the memorial book during his visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where some 250,000 victims of the massacres are buried, in Kigali on May 27th, 2021. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

In a key speech on his visit to Rwanda, the French president Emmanuel Macron said he recognises that France bears a heavy responsibility for the 1994 (...)

 Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy: Faces up to one year in prison and a fine of €3,750 if found guilty. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has gone on trial for the alleged illegal campaign financing of the massive, showman-style political ralli(...)

Bernard Tapie, once the owner of Adidas, after he was attacked along with his wife during a night-time burglary of their home, near Paris. Photograph: Family handout/AFP via Getty Images

The former French minister and scandal-ridden tycoon Bernard Tapie, once the owner of Adidas, was attacked along with his wife during a night-time bur(...)

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