French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen temporarily resigned as leader of the Front National saying she wanted to be “above partisan considerations”. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The Holocaust came back to haunt Marine Le Pen’s presidential campaign again on Friday, just nine days before the second round of the French president(...)

French election candidate Emmanuel Macron giving a speech during a meeting in Arras on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

Both candidates for the “parties of government” that have alternated in power since 1981 failed to make it to the second round of the French president(...)

Social democracy in crisis

It is hardly surprising that the focus of political analysis in recent years has been on explaining the emergence of “anti-politics”, the politics of (...)

French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron speaks with employees of the Whirlpool plant in Amiens, northern France, on Wednesday. Photograph: 	Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron was ambushed on the campaign trail on Wednesday by far-right rival Marine Le Pen, with the rivals for (...)

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, who face a run-off election on May 7th for the presidency of France. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

So who cops the blame for this one? If those ghastly metropolitan liberals – with their snide, superior ways and smothering of the plain man’s right t(...)

Emmanuel Macron won a decisive victory among French citizens living in the Republic in the first round of France’s presidential election. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Emmanuel Macron won a decisive victory among French citizens living in the Republic in the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday, wi(...)

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche! movement Emmanuel Macron at a ceremony at a monument in memory of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces in 1915, in Paris on Monday. Photograph:  Lionel Bonaventure/EPA

When Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte appeared on stage on Sunday night, jubilant and containing their emotion with difficulty, it was as if they(...)

Front National  leader Marine Le Pen arrived slightly behind the pro-European centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron with 21.53 percent of the votes in the first round of France’s presidential election. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

Europe is breathing a sigh of relief today after pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron emerged above Marine Le Pen in the first round of the French pr(...)

Emmanuel Macron leaves his home surrounded by policemen in Paris on Monday, after the first round of presidential elections where he ended in first place. Photograph:  Benoit Tessier/Reuters

European leaders are usually scrupulous observers of the unwritten diplomatic convention that precludes them from commenting in the middle of a neighb(...)

Founder and Leader of the political movement ‘En Marche !’ Emmanuel Macron speaks after winning the lead percentage of votes in the first round of the French Presidential Elections at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Emmanuel Macron will be almost certainly be the next French president. And the relief is immense. The much anticipated domino effect following the Bre(...)

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