An activist shouts slogans in front of French gendarmes during a demonstration in Paris yesterday against the labour law proposal. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

The French National Assembly yesterday began a marathon debate on the El Khomri law, intended to reform France’s 3,589-page labour code. The law, nam(...)

French president François Hollande: a strong majority of voters want neither him  nor his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy to be candidates next year but both fight on. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

One year before the first round of the French presidential election, clear favourites have emerged from the ruling socialist and opposition Les Républ(...)

France’s labour minister, Myriam El Khomri, who will  defend the new labour law  in the National Assembly in April and in the Senate in May. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

The draft law on reforming the French labour code, which was presented to the Council of State this week, is the most courageous reform attempted by (...)

Marine Le Pen: the leader of France’s far-right  Front National had predicted the party  would take five regions in the elections. Photograph: Denis Charlet/AFP/Getty Images

France had expected the Front National (FN) to take several regions, for the first time ever, in the December 6th-13th regional elections. Marine Le P(...)

Martine Aubry of the French Socialist Party  “It’s not too late to succeed, on condition we take the right path for the next two years.”   Photograph: Samuel Dietz/Getty Images

President François Hollande must have dreaded the day when Martine Aubry would break her silence. The mayor of Lille remains “la dame des 35 heures”, (...)

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