Dieppe harbour in northwest France. As Brexit approaches, the ports of the English Channel and the North Sea are preparing for the worst. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

Pauline Schnapper, professor of contemporary British civilisation at the Sorbonne, is quoted often in French media as a leading expert on Brexit. “I a(...)

French newspaper Le Monde ran an open letter signed by the 74-year-old actor Catherine Denueve, along with around 100 other French female writers, performers and academics. Photograph:  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

“Rape is a crime. But a persistent or clumsy come-on is not a crime, nor is gallantry a form of macho aggression.” So begins an open letter in French (...)

Marine Le Pen (left) of the French far-right Front National  party  speaks at a gathering hosted by small businesses group Ethic. Photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images

If she becomes president of France on May 7th, Marine Le Pen leaves open the tinest possibility she might negotiate continued EU membership. But takin(...)

Sophie de Menthon with Emmanuel Macron: “What I did for four years in the private sector is very useful for what I am doing today.”

French prime minister Manuel Valls introduces his economy minister Emmanuel Macron as “the star of my government”. Macron was appointed in an emergenc(...)