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French presidential election centre-right candidates Alain Juppé and François Fillon face a run-off next Sunday. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

François Fillon’s victory in the first round of the Les Républicains’ primary on Sunday has made him favourite to be the centre-right’s candidate in (...)

French politician François Fillon: More than 80 per cent of those who voted for Sarkozy said they would transfer their vote to the resilient risk-taker, not Juppé.  Photograph: Thibault Camus/Pool/Reuters

François Fillon’s victory in the first round of the conservative Les Républicains’ primary on Sunday night marks an extraordinary comeback for the rig(...)

François Fillon: heading for a landslide victory. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The former president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy admitted defeat in the Les Républicains primary on Sunday, saying “I did not manage to convince a majo(...)

French conservative politician François Fillon, who served as prime minister under Sarkozy, is an admirer of Margaret Thatcher. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The campaign for the Republican primary in the French presidential elections had been marked by concerns about immigration and Islamic extremism. Don(...)

Three of a kind? Nicolas Sarkozy, Alain Juppé and François Fillon eye main chance. Photographs: Getty Images/Reuters

Several million French people will vote on Sunday in the first round of the conservative Les Républicains presidential primary. The winner of the Nov(...)

Former French economy minister Emmanuel Macron announcing his candidacy for next year’s presidential election on Wednesday. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

French leaders on the left and right reacted dismissively to Emmanuel Macron’s declaration of his candidacy for the French presidential election next(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, pictured at a  reception newly-arrived foreign ambassadors at the Kremlin on Wednesday, wished Donald Trump success on his election as US president. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/EPA

Russia, Ukraine & Hungary The Kremlin was quick to congratulate Donald Trump on Wednesday morning and Russia’s lower house of parliament broke in(...)

Migrants with their suitcases in the Calais Jungle camp. Photograph: Philippe Hugen/AFP/Getty

France began clearing the sprawling migrant camp known as the Calais “Jungle”on Monday, with hundreds carrying suitcases queuing outside a hangar to (...)

  Presidential candidates ex-prime minister Alain Juppe, Nathalie Kosciusko- Morizet, and ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy  during the  Les Républicains TV debate. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/ AFP/Getty Images

It feels as if the French presidential election is taking place this autumn rather than next spring, because much of the electorate is convinced that (...)

François Hollande: the French president said in 2012 that he regretted the “ghettoisation” of the Les Bleus national football team. Photograph: Yoan Valat/AFP/Getty Images

Remarks by François Hollande quoted in a new book have enraged the French judiciary, footballers and his ex-partner, and prompted a wave of ridicule (...)

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