Gilets jaunes protesters in Biarritz, southwest France. Photograph: Iroz Gaizka/AFP/Getty Images

The French political and economic landscape looks like the Champs-Élysées the morning after a riot by the gilets jaunes, the yellow-vested demonstrato(...)

Yellow vest  protesters watch President Emmanuel Macron’s speech on TV in Fay-au-Loges, near Orleans. Photograph: Guillaume Souvant/AFP

President Emmanuel Macron on Monday night broke his silence over rioting that has plunged his presidency into its greatest crisis, promising a “new co(...)

French Government’s spokesperson Benjamin Griveaux. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Emmanuel Macron’s party, La République En Marche, marked the first anniversary of the French president’s landmark speech on Europe at the Sorbonne wit(...)

French president Charles de Gaulle (centre)  in Brazzaville, French Equatorial Africa (modern-day Republic of the Congo) in 1958.

France’s Fifth Republic was born 60 years ago on Tuesday, when General Charles de Gaulle published a new constitution. It was the beginning of French (...)

A video grab from footage filmed on May 1st shows a man identified as Alexandre Benalla dragging away a demonstrator during protests in Paris, France. Photograph: Bouhafs/AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron came under fire on Thursday after his office briefly suspended one of his aides for beating a May Day protester and p(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron: Contrary to his public image, Sophie Pedder says, Macron is capable of self-criticism. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson

As bureau chief for British magazine the Economist, Sophie Pedder got to know Emmanuel Macron earlier than most Macron-watchers. She first interviewed(...)

Operation Hamilton: Rafale fighter jets prepare to take off for Syria on Friday night, from a military base in eastern France. Photograph: ECPAD/French Military via Reuters

French participation in strikes against three chemical-weapons sites in Syria in the early hours of Saturday morning marked the most significant milit(...)

Laurent Wauquiez (42) succeeded Nicolas Sarkozy as leader of the right-wing Les Républicains after a campaign in which he positioned himself on a Catholic, identity-based platform. Photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters
France: The right regroups

It’s difficult for a party to lose an internal leadership election, but Les Républicains, France’s centre-right opposition bloc, has form in such thin(...)

On the throne: Emmanuel Macron in Paris shortly after his inauguration. Photograph: Charles Platiau/AFP/Getty

Six months ago tonight a 39-year-old from Picardy with almost no political experience but immense self-confidence made a solemn victory march across t(...)

Emmanuel Macron: his reforms seek to impose high social charges on short-term contracts and offer lower charges for permanent jobs. Photograph: Etienne Laurent /EPA

It was expected to be the mother of all French political battles. But the first stage of President Emmanuel Macron’s reform of the country’s sclerotic(...)

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