Salvador Sobral’s Eurovision victory on Saturday was marked by modesty and generosity. “Just a boy in his bedroom singing a song written by his sister,” as Graham Norton put it.  Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Those Portuguese, eh... ? At our Saturday night gathering, the television volume was turned up only at the end for maximum snigger at the winning entr(...)

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron holds hands with his wife Brigitte during a victory celebration outside the Louvre museum in Paris, France, Sunday, May 7, 2017. Speaking to thousands of supporters from the Louvre Museum's courtyard, Macron said that France is facing an "immense task" to rebuild European unity, fix the economy and ensure security against extremist threats. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

As Emmanuel Macron savours his victory in the French presidential election, he might consider the words of John Maynard Keynes in an open letter, writ(...)

François Fillon: The presidential candidate  visits a  creche in Poix-Terron on Thursday even as the “Penelope-gate” investigation was expanded to include his two children. Photograph: François Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images

François Fillon, the embattled French presidential candidate for the conservative party Les Républicains, was contradicted by his wife in an interview(...)

François Fillon: The  presidential candidate of the French centre-right claims he is a victim of “an institutional coup d’etat” by the socialist government. Photograph: Reuters/Christian Hartmann

As their hopes of winning the French president’s office next May 7th continued to evaporate on Wednesday, supporters of the conservative Les Républic(...)

Manuel Valls, France’s former prime minister and Socialist Party presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign event in Paris  on Friday. Photograph: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

Voting got under way on Sunday to whittle down Socialist candidates for the French presidential ticket to two from seven. Former prime minister Manue(...)

Soldiers patrol the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Each time France is attacked by jihadists, the authorities defend themselves with the list of measures already taken: the state of emergency; increase(...)

President Francois Hollande shakes hands with a French Gendarmerie reservist in training during a visit at the National Gendarmerie Training Centre in Saint Astier. Mr Hollande is under intense pressure as opponents accuse his administration of police failings over the Nice tragedy. Photograph:  Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty Images

French legislators approved a six-month extension of emergency rule on Wednesday after last week’s truck attack on holiday crowds in Nice, the third d(...)

People light candles at a makeshift memorial on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on Tuesday in tribute to the victims of the Bastille Day attack.  Photograph: AFP

French lawmakers approved a six-month rollover of emergency rule on Wednesday in the wake of last week’s truck attack on the city of Nice, the third (...)

A French flag flies among the crowd as people applaud in front of the Monument du Centenaire during a minute of silence on the third day of national mourning to pay tribute to victims of the truck attack along the Promenade des Anglais on Bastille Day that killed scores and injured as many in Nice, France. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol / Reuters

Nice remembered the 84 dead of the Bastille Day massacre more in anger than in sorrow on Monday, when a crowd of thousands booed and jeered Manuel Val(...)

French Finance minister Michel Sapin arrives before a meeting with the Iranian president at the Elysee Palace. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/Getty Images

French growth slowed only slightly in the final quarter of 2015 despite the November attacks by Islamist militants in Paris, as a rebound in business (...)

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