Michel Barnier has sought to differentiate himself from Emmanuel  Macron by promising to decentralise French governance:  File photograph: Getty

Michel Barnier, the EU’s Brexit negotiator for four years and a former French minister, has become the latest centre-right politician to publicly thro(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron met France’s social partners at the Élysée Palace on Tuesday to discuss a possible relaunch of the aborted reform. Photograph:  Yoan Valat/POOL/AFP

The streamlining of France’s devilishly complex and costly pension system was to have been the mother of all reforms, the prestige project of Emmanuel(...)

President Emmanuel Macron: Has lost the advantage of novelty in his re-election campaign. And this time there is a hard core of voters on the far left and far right who hate him viscerally. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Anne Fontaine’s new comedy Les Présidents, a work of political fiction, was an immediate hit in French cinemas this week. The plot is simple. Two form(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, leave a polling booth equipped. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Pool/AFP via Getty

President Emmanuel Macron’s La République en Marche (LREM) and Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National (RN) were the two biggest losers in the second a(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron leaves the voting booth during the first round of French regional and departmental elections, in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, northern France on Sunday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Pool via AP

Xavier Bertrand, the centre-right leader of the Hauts-de-France region in the north of the country, was the real winner in the weekend’s French local (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron: Polls indicate he  would win 54 per cent of the vote in a presidential run-off, against 46 per cent for Marine Le Pen. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP

One year before the French presidential election, the most plausible scenario is that President Emmanuel Macron will win re-election after defeating t(...)

Michel Barnier arrives for a meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, on February 9th. Photograph: Stephanie LeCocq/AFP via Getty Images

The EU’s former chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Tuesday he was setting up a political faction under the name “Patriot and European”, (...)

General view of freight lorries separated from other traffic on a Dover-bound section of the M20 motorway in Kent, England during a live test by Highways England to mobilise a moveable barrier system. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA

Brexit stockpiling is causing 17-kilometre lorry queues and delays of up to five hours in Calais, France, it has emerged as hopes of a trade deal betw(...)

Michel Zecler talks to media outside the IGPN (France’s National Police General Inspectorate) as he arrives to press charges after he was repeatedly beaten by police. Photograph via AFP/Getty

President Emmanuel Macron on Monday summoned prime minister Jean Castex, interior minister Gérald Darmanin and justice minister Eric Dupond-Moretti to(...)

Edouard Philippe applauds his successor as French prime minister, Jean Castex,  during a handover ceremony at the Hotel de Matignon, the official residence of the French prime minister, in Paris on Friday. Photograph: Jeanne Frank/Bloomberg

President Emmanuel Macron has replaced Édouard Philippe, his prime minister of three years, with Jean Castex, a virtually unknown high-ranking civil s(...)

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