Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the far-left France Unbowed, who wants the European  flag replaced with the flag of the United Nations. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of the far-left France Unbowed, says the blue and gold European flag is a “sectarian emblem” symbolising the EU’s Chris(...)

French strike: students demonstrate with public-sector workers on Tuesday. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Nine trade unions representing France’s 5.4 million civil servants participated in strikes and protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s policies o(...)

In a recent poll, 53 per cent said Macron’s economic policies benefit the rich most. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

The three most damaging words in the French language for Emmanuel Macron are président des riches. The label created for the French head of state by t(...)

French senators attending a session in the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron failed to repeat a landslide in French senatorial elections on Sunday, his centrist party winning less than 8 per cen(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron signs documents to promulgate a new labour bill at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron on Friday signed decrees reforming the French labour code, live in front of television cameras, after a cabinet meeting. He(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron shake hands after a meeting of EU leaders in Berlin. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

Marion Van Renterghem, the French biographer of Chancellor Angela Merkel and an award-winning journalist, recalls the relief and joy in Berlin when E(...)

Workers demonstrate in Marseille, southern France, against changes to labour laws. Photograph: AP Photo/Claude Paris

It has taken decades to hone the ritual of the French street demonstration. Colourful crowds shout slogans, watched by lines of surly CRS riot police.(...)

Demonstrators gather in front of the war memorial in Toulouse to protest against French labour law reform. Photograph: Eric Cabanis/AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron has antagonised opponents to his labour reforms, denouncing them as “slackers” shortly before the first mass demonstr(...)

Emmanuel Macron: the right sees him as interventionist while the left portrays him as the “president of the rich”. Photograph: Étienne Laurent/pool/EPA

Four months after his election the centrist French president Emmanuel Macron seems incapable of rallying public opinion. The right sees him as interve(...)

 Emmanuel Macron: he claims to be “neither left nor right”. Photograph:  Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron combines a belief in liberal economics with a social conscience. The tension between the two is at the heart of the dramatic(...)

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