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Anne Hidalgo, set to be elected first female mayor of Paris, talking to a passerby after voting in yesterday’s mayoral election. Photograph: Reuters

Paris looked set to elect its first female mayor last night, but the victory for socialist Anne Hidalgo was an isolated piece of good news for Pres(...)

French president Francois Hollande and Valerie Trierweiler. The president announced his separation from the first lady over the weekend. Photograph: Reuters/Eric Feferberg

When François Hollande telephoned the Agence France Presse on Saturday evening to announce the end of his nine-year relationship with Valérie Trierwei(...)

A file photograph of French first lady Valerie Trierweiler, as she attends the Bastille Day Military parade. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA.

France’s first lady has thanked her supporters after leaving hospital after a more than week-long stay following gossip magazine reports about an all(...)

Old flame: François Hollande with Valérie Trierweiler. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

It wasn’t supposed to happen under a Hollande presidency. When Nicolas Sarkozy made photographers the eager witnesses of his love affair with Carla(...)

French President François Hollande and first lady Valerie Trierweiler at the Élysée Palace in Paris last October. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

On the night of his election, President François Hollande called his companion Valérie Trierweiler “the love of my life”. Ms Trierweiller (48) was (...)

French president François Hollande said he “deeply deplores the invasion of privacy to which [he had] a right like any citizen”. He did not deny having an affair with actor Julie Gayet, but threatened legal action against the magazine Closer. Photograph: EPA/Yoan Valat/Christophe Karaba

At first glance, the man in the black raincoat looks like a member of Daft Punk, the French electronic music duo who disguise themselves in motorcycle(...)

Raising taxes: President François Hollande. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Of the many insults levelled at France’s tax-and-spend policies, it is the cruellest. The phrase “sick man at the heart of Europe” was coined for the (...)

Detail of Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix, in the Louvre Museum, Paris. Photograph: JMN/Cover/Getty Images

France’s culture minister, Aurélie Filippetti, took an emphatically negative position yesterday in the growing controversy over whether Paris should l(...)

Colm Keena in Niort, where he was interviewed for the local newspaper, Le Courrier de l’Ouest. Photograph: Marie Delage

Cycling between Fontenay le Comte and the larger town of Niort, the landscape changes from fields to open vistas filled with corn and sunflowers. This(...)

French President Francois Hollande. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Exactly one year ago next Monday, newly elected French president François Hollande made his victory(...)

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