Marine Le Pen: Communities with a strong military or paramilitary presence all voted in greater percentages for her, the Front National and the Rassemblement National. Photograph: Sylvain Lefevre/Getty

The proportion of the French military voting for the far-right peaked in the immediate aftermath of jihadist attacks in 2015, subsided somewhat in the(...)

 Emmanuel Macron: he claims to be “neither left nor right”. Photograph:  Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron combines a belief in liberal economics with a social conscience. The tension between the two is at the heart of the dramatic(...)

The “Jupiterian president”, as his staff lovingly call Emmanuel Macron, is quickly falling back to earth. Three months after he redrew the map of Fren(...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron: poll found  54 per cent of people in France were satisfied with Mr Macron in July, compared with 64 per cent in June. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

French president Emmanuel Macron’s popularity rating has slumped by 10 percentage points this month, according to an Ifop poll on Sunday – the biggest(...)

General Pierre de Villiers: resigned as French army chief of staff in a dispute with President Emmanuel Macron over defence spending. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/Pool Photo via AP

France’s Emmanuel Macron was confronted with the first crisis of his presidency when the head of the armed forces resigned in protest at cuts to the d(...)

François Hollande: The French president  with army chief of staff Gen Pierre de Villiers (left) and Hollande’s chief of staff, Gen Benoît Puga (right), on October 1st, 2014. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)

Barack Obama and François Hollande are considered progressive leftists, but the presidents of the US and France, whose terms of office are drawing to(...)

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)