France’s president, Emmanuel Macron: “The rise of extremes is almost a general rule, and France is an exception.” Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP

French president Emmanuel Macron took fire from every direction this week: from Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and Italian interior minister Ma(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron looks on during a meeting with Denmark’s prime minister in Copenhagen on Tuesday. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Emmanuel Macron has been attacked by political opponents for describing French people as “Gauls who are resistant to change” during a trip to Denmark.(...)

Emmanuel Macron and  Brigitte Trogneux  celebrate Macron’s victory in the first round of the French presidential election. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

The woman who is likely to become first lady of France on May 7th is a 64-year-old former French teacher who met her husband when she was 40 and he wa(...)