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Ségolène Royal is a veteran of 30 years in French politics. She was the first woman in France to make it to the runoff in a presidential election. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

If there were a prize for sheer dogged indestructibility in French politics, Ségolène Royal would surely win it. The first woman to make it to the ru(...)

Ireland, Co Offaly Tony Mulvin Auctioneers is seeking €299,999 for this three-bedroom, 120.8 sqm (1,300sq ft) bungalow on just over half an(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy  leaves his house in Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was on Wednesday night mis en examen or formally placed under investigation on charges of “passive corruption,(...)

Ségolène Royal  and Switzerland’s Bertrand Piccard. Photograph: Philipp Guelland/EPA

When an English-speaking politician loses an election, he or she usually leaves public life. Not in France, where politicians appear to be indestructi(...)

Leo Varadkar and Emmanuel Macron at an election rally in Paris.

Fine Gael TD Leo Varadkar met the French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron at an election rally in Paris at the weekend. The Minister for Socia(...)

 Seized rhinoceros’ horns  in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines. Photograph: EPA

A rhinoceros in a French zoo was shot in the head three times before having its horn sliced off with a chainsaw, French investigators said. Vince, a (...)

Emmanuel Macron and Ségolène Royal: François Hollande’s former domestic partner judged “this little one” Macron to be presidential material. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

In the photograph published on the front page of the conservative newspaper Le Figaro, the independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron and the (...)

Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En marche! and candidate for this year’s French presidential election. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

When Emmanuel Macron declared his candidacy for the presidency of France on November 16th, his detractors predicted the Macron “bubble” would soon bur(...)

François Hollande: the president called his January 2014 break-up with Valérie Trierweiler “the worst personal moment” of his five years in office. Photograph: Reuters/Yoan Valat/Pool

French president François Hollande often seems to mistake extreme verbosity for communication. His press conferences last 2½ hours. His interview in (...)

French president François Hollande will likely face a threat from former president Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

With the end of the summer holidays, the 2017 French presidential race has started. The men considered most likely to represent the left and the conse(...)

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