Jacques Chirac

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Investigators uncovered the alleged corruption by chance while probing allegations that Muammar Gadafy, the late Libyan dictator, had paid €50 million to Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential campaign.  Photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images

Nicolas Sarkozy’s legal woes deepened on Thursday after judges decided to send the former French president for trial over allegations of corruption an(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Attending the African summit would have been a way for Varadkar to signal that Ireland was taking an active interest in EU affairs beyond its own backyard. Photograph: Aurore Belot/AFP/Getty Images

One of the collateral casualties of Ireland’s political drama this week was a planned trip by Leo Varadkar to west Africa. On the face of it, cancelli(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

The “Jupiterian president”, as his staff lovingly call Emmanuel Macron, is quickly falling back to earth. Three months after he redrew the map of Fren(...)

U2 performing The Joshua Tree at Croke Park. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

U2 has released video footage of parts of last Saturday night’s concert in Croke Park, including the four-plane flyover that wowed 80,000 fans in the (...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron: poll found  54 per cent of people in France were satisfied with Mr Macron in July, compared with 64 per cent in June. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

French president Emmanuel Macron’s popularity rating has slumped by 10 percentage points this month, according to an Ifop poll on Sunday – the biggest(...)

Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu and French president Emmanuel Macron react after making a joint declaration at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on Sunday. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/EPA

President Emmanuel Macron continued his quest to tame some of the world’s most intractable leaders on Sunday, when he invited Israeli prime minister B(...)

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane holds the trophy with  his wife Veronique and their children Enzo, Luca and Theo after the win over Juventus in Cardiff. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images

On his 20th Champions League night, Zinedine Zidane left with his second European Cup – as many as Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho or Alex Ferguson. It w(...)

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