A Corner of the Table by Ignace Henri Fantin-Latour.  From left to right: Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Elzear Bonnier, Leon Valade, Emile Blemont, Jean Aicart, Ernest d’Hervilly, Camille Pelletan. Photograph: Leemage/Corbis via Getty Images

“Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine. have enriched our heritage through their genius,” begins a petition sent to French president Emmanuel Macron earlie(...)

Emmanuel Macron, Brigitte Macron and Nicolas Sarkozy meet at the French cup final in 2018 at Saint-Denis. Photograph: Mehdi Taamallah/NurPhoto

“A certain resemblance,” noted the front-page headline of Le Parisien newspaper, above a photograph of President Emmanuel Macron and former president (...)

Newly named French prime minister Jean Castex: President Emmanuel Macron appointed him as the country focuses on reviving an economy hard-hit by pandemic and lockdown. Photograph: Michel Euler

The first cabinet meeting of a new French government that leans heavily to the right will take place at the Élysée Palace on Tuesday. The cabinet ann(...)

 Emmanuel Macron: The Macron administration committed the “triple error” of destroying millions of masks that could have been used, and of failing to renew or increase stocks, according to  investigative journalists Gérard Davet and Fabrice Lhomme. Photograph:  Francois Mori/AFP/Getty

At the height of its pandemic preparedness, France deployed a veritable arsenal of vaccines, anti-viral drugs and 2.2 billion surgical face masks. Th(...)

Outgoing French minister for ecology Nicolas Hulot: “I do not want to give the illusion that my presence in the government signifies we are up to the challenge.” Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron has again been plunged into political crisis, this time by the on-air resignation of the most popular member of his cabinet,(...)

Britain’s Mo Farah: the data confirmed that he had been granted two exemptions over the past eight years. Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images

Mo Farah is the latest British athlete to face scrutiny over his use of so-called therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) after his confidential medical dat(...)

 Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory over Japanese Kei Nishikori at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell Conde de Godo Trophy final match in Barcelona, northeastern Spain. Photograph:  EPA

Rafael Nadal is suing a former French minister who accused him of doping, saying he needs to defend his integrity and image as an athlete. The Spanis(...)

 Rafael Nadal of Spain looks on in his match against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg during day seven of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Rafael Nadal has said he will sue the former French government minister Roselyne Bachelot after she alleged that the Spaniard’s lengthy absence from t(...)