Socialists’ downfall: Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, the party’s secretary general, was among the electoral losers. Photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty

“The Berezina of the Socialist Party” was the term widely used to describe the defeat of the former ruling party in Sunday’s French legislative electi(...)

 François Fillon:  Marine Le Pen called her rival “the spokesman for all the worst the EU has produced”. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

After his landslide victory in Les Républicains’ primary on Sunday night, the newly minted conservative presidential candidate François Fillon has se(...)

French president François Hollande at the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Élysées  in Paris: Revelations by a French newspaper that the socialist leader spends nearly €10,000 a month on his   barber has been dubbed Coiffeurgate. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

French president François Hollande has hit back at criticism of the exorbitant price of his haircuts. Revelations that the socialist leader – elected(...)

 François Hollande:  the publication of the contract with the hairdresser, named as Olivier B, has sparked a row over extravagant spending by a French Socialist president. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Wispy, thinning and suspiciously free of grey, François Hollande’s boring hairstyle has never been held to much scrutiny, unlike his wonky ties, which(...)

Phil Hogan meeting French prime minister Manuel Valls and French agriculture minister Stephane Le Foll in Paris on Thursday. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

France is the only country that Phil Hogan, the EU commissioner for agriculture, is visiting in the run-up to the March 14th council of agriculture m(...)

A protester farmer holds an EU flag among flakes of eggs boxes sprayed by farmers using a chipper in front of the Ile de France headquarters of the ASP,  in Montreuil, outside Paris, to protest against the falling prices of their products. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Farmers ought to know better than to bite the hand that feeds them.  But a demonstration in the Paris suburb of Montreuil on Tuesday night stood (...)

France’s prime minister Manuel Valls says the country’s state of emergency will continue “as long as necessary”. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

The number of people in France reported to have become radical Muslims has nearly doubled over the past 11 months, from 4,590 to 8,250, according to a(...)

French Senate president Gerard Larcher (left), French president Francois Hollande (centre) and French foreign minister Laurent Fabius (right) attend a meeting the day after WikiLeaks revelations of US spying on French presidents, at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

France summoned the US ambassador on Wednesday to explain allegations by transparency lobby group WikiLeaks of what president Francois Hollande brande(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy: Under French law, he can be detained for 48 hours. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday became the first former president in the history of France to be detained for questioning, in an investigation into alleged (...)