Far-right leader Marine Le Pen, was for many years the leading voice of French hostility to European integration. Now she seldom mentions the EU.   Photograph: Sylvain Lefevre/Get

If, 15 years ago, an emissary from the future had told you that by 2022, right across Europe, a slew of parties on the radical right and left would be(...)

Remains of the migrants’ inflatable boat and personal belongings left on the beach near Wimereux, France, on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA

After expressions of horror and condemnations of traffickers on Wednesday night following the deaths of 27 migrants in the English Channel, it didn’t (...)

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo before taking part in the news broadcast of France 2 TV channel in Paris. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty

The Socialist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has announced a bid for the French presidency, saying that, as a woman with working-class, immigrant roots(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron takes a selfie with member of the public  in Valence, southeastern France, on Tuesday. Photograph: Philippe Desmazes/AP

A man slapped Emmanuel Macron in the face on Tuesday, briefly interrupting a walkabout during the French president’s tour of the provinces ahead of th(...)

People hold placards stating “People’s rights have been violated and will not forget” and “Macron, it is over, get lost” at a demonstration in Marseilles. Photograph: Pascal Pochard-Casabianca

It has been a rough week for President Emmanuel Macron’s reform of the French pension system. Though his administration will ultimately succeed in for(...)

Former Conservative  MP  Ann Widdecombe   with colleagues from the Brexit Party celebrate it success in the EU elections in London on Monday. Photograph: Tolga AkmenAFP/Getty Images

AUSTRIA The conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) of Sebastian Kurz shrugged off 10 days of crisis, and his impending dismissal as chancellor, to finish (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron: had upped the stakes by stressing the “existential risk” involved in the elections. Photograph: Kamil Zihnioglu

French president Emmanuel Macron’s defeat at the hands of Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National looked like a major setback on Sunday night. But in t(...)

 Marine Le Pen, leader of the French far-right party Rassemblement National,  casting her vote during the European elections in Henin Beaumont, northern France. Photograph:  EPA/Thibault Vandermersch

Marine Le Pen’s populist nationalist Rassemblement National won the EU parliamentary elections in France with 23.3 per cent of the vote, according to (...)

Fallen burnt debris  inside Notre Dame: President Emmanuel Macron said the French people would pull together to repair their national symbol. Photograph: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

French president Emmanuel Macron pledged on Tuesday night to have the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral in Paris rebuilt within five years. In a shor(...)

Italy’s deputy prime minister  Luigi Di Maio, who has met a senior figure from the gilets jaunes protest movement in France. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Luigi Di Maio, the Italian deputy prime minister and leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), has met a senior figure from the gilet(...)

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