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Marine Le Pen during an election campaign event in Paris on Monday. “I don’t think that France is responsible for the Vél d’Hiv,” she said earlier this week. Photograph: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

French Front National leader Marine Le Pen has been strongly criticised for remarks she made about the Holocaust, two weeks before the first round of (...)

Lilian Thuram holds up the Euro 2000 trophy two years after  he and his team-mates won the  World Cup for France, a victory that was portrayed in the media as white, black and brown Frenchmen coming together to conquer the world. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

It’s typical of France’s attitude to sport that a recent documentary looking at 20 years of the French national team contains almost nothing about foo(...)

French presidential election candidate Marine Le Pen: “France has been mistreated in minds for years.” Photograph: Pascal Pochard-Casabianca/AFP/Getty Images

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said on Sunday that France is not responsible for the 1942 Vel’ d’Hiv round-up, in which more than 13,000 (...)

Campaign posters of French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron.  Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty

In more than 20 years as a pollster, Frédéric Dabi, the director of Ifop, France’s oldest polling company, says he has never seen anything as “unthink(...)

 François Hollande visits the exhibition, Mission Île de la cité: le cœur du cœur, at the Conciergerie in Paris. Photograph: Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes

About 200 years before Christ, the fishermen and boatmen of the Parisi tribe settled on a ship-shaped island in the Seine, which they gave the Celtic (...)

Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused of surpassing the €22.5m legal ceiling on campaign expenditure by spending at least €42.8m on his 2012 campaign. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is to appeal a judge’s decision to send him for trial with 13 other people for the illegal financing of Mr(...)

French right-wing presidential candidate François Fillon with his wife Penelope during a rally in Paris last November.  Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

The campaign of Francois Fillon, the frontrunner in the French presidential campaign, is in danger, after the satirical weekly Canard Enchaîné reveale(...)

A  woman in Berlin holds some    euro bills  shortly after midnight on  January 1st, 2002. Photograph: Roberto Pfeil/AP

As the chimes of midnight struck on January 1st, 2002, almost 20,000 people gathered in the freezing cold close to the European Union institutions in (...)

On World View this week, Lara Marlowe and Derek Scally report from Paris and Berlin on how Europe’s populist right, emboldened by Donald Trump’s victo(...)

  Presidential candidates ex-prime minister Alain Juppe, Nathalie Kosciusko- Morizet, and ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy  during the  Les Républicains TV debate. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/ AFP/Getty Images

It feels as if the French presidential election is taking place this autumn rather than next spring, because much of the electorate is convinced that (...)

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