Nicolas Sarkozy

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 Marine Le Pen,  leader of far-right Front National. She denounces dire forecasts as fear-mongering by her opponents. Photograph: Mathieu Cugnot/EPA

There will be no jubilant crowds waving blue-and-gold European flags and singing Beethoven’s Ode to Joy in French streets on Saturday to mark the 60th(...)

Campaign posters of French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron.  Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty

In more than 20 years as a pollster, Frédéric Dabi, the director of Ifop, France’s oldest polling company, says he has never seen anything as “unthink(...)

French senate president Gerard Larcher makes a statement at conservative party Les Républicains’ headquarters after a meeting to discuss the presidential candidacy of Francois Fillon. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

The political committee of the French conservative party Les Républicains (LR) abandoned an attempted heave against their presidential nominee Françoi(...)

Former French prime minister François Fillon: Six weeks into “Penelopegate” opinion polls indicate he will be eliminated in the first round on April 23rd. Photograph: Reuters

The political family that Gen Charles de Gaulle founded with the Fifth Republic in 1958 has descended into an absurd melodrama in which François Fillo(...)

Former prime minister of France  Alain Juppé prepares to step down from the podium after announcing at a press conference on Monday that he would not seek to replace Francois Fillon as the centre-right candidate in the presidential election. Photograph: Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty Images

The man seen as a possible saviour of France’s centre-right has disappointed supporters by announcing he will not stand in next month’s presidential e(...)

French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron, pictured on Friday ahead of a meeting in Paris with  former US secretary of state John Kerry. A poll has placed Mr Macron in first place in the first round of the election next month. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/AFP/Getty Images

Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron cemented his status as favourite to win the French presidency on Friday as his conservative rival, Francois Fillon(...)

Emmanuel Macron unveils his election manifesto in Paris on Thursday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

When he swept the conservative primary last November 27th, Francois Fillon was the candidate who could not lose the French presidential election. On (...)

Marion Maréchal Le Pen: The niece of presidential candidate  Marine Le Pen described rival Emmanuel Macron as the “candidate of repentance” over his comments about French colonisation of Algeria. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has angered the French right by calling France’s 132-year colonisation of Algeria a “crime against(...)

 François Hollande visits the exhibition, Mission Île de la cité: le cœur du cœur, at the Conciergerie in Paris. Photograph: Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes

About 200 years before Christ, the fishermen and boatmen of the Parisi tribe settled on a ship-shaped island in the Seine, which they gave the Celtic (...)

Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused of surpassing the €22.5m legal ceiling on campaign expenditure by spending at least €42.8m on his 2012 campaign. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is to appeal a judge’s decision to send him for trial with 13 other people for the illegal financing of Mr(...)

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