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(...)

  Brigitte  and Emmanuel Macron: Ms Macron is waiting for her situation to be clarified, as her husband promised during his presidential campaign. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Brigitte Macron has kept a low profile since her husband Emmanuel’s inauguration on May 14th last. On Bastille Day, Donald Trump marvelled that Ms Ma(...)

 French President Emmanuel Macron during his formal inauguration ceremony  in the  Elysee presidential Palace. Photograph: Francois Mori/AFP/Getty Images

There were smiles and tears, solemnity and joy, in the salle des fêtes for Emmanuel Macron’s inauguration. Laurent Fabius, the president of the Const(...)

François Hollande: the French president said in 2012 that he regretted the “ghettoisation” of the Les Bleus national football team. Photograph: Yoan Valat/AFP/Getty Images

Remarks by François Hollande quoted in a new book have enraged the French judiciary, footballers and his ex-partner, and prompted a wave of ridicule (...)

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 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(...)

French ecology minister Ségolène Royal has already become a central figure in the presidency of her former partner François Hollande. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Revenge is a dish best eaten cold. A decade ago, Ségolène Royal watched helplessly as Valérie Trierweiler, a journalist at Paris Match magazine who(...)

French ecology minister Segolene Royal: recently accompanied François Hollande on a five-day official trip to the Caribbean. Photograph: Pascal Pochard-Casabianca/AFP/Getty Images

In chronological order, there was Ségolène, then Valérie and finally Julie. As in the days of the ancien regime, most French people would recognise th(...)

 French president Francois Hollande .  and actor  Julie Gayet: photographs of  them  seated together  at a table in the garden of the Élysée Palace last month have surfaced. Photographs:  Sean Gallup and  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

Ever since the gossip magazine Closer broke the story of French president François Hollande’s secret love affair with actor Julie Gayet last January,(...)

Goldie Hawn. Photograph from the book Paparazzo: The Elio Sorci Collection

The paparazzi get a bad press, with variations on the same story appearing in broadsheets every few months: a photographer hiding in the bushes; a (...)

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