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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 (...)

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(...)

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(...)

 National Front leader Marine Le Pen addresses activists at the Espace Francois Mitterrand  in Henin Beaumont after the first round of the French presidential election. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen won the first round of the French presidential election tonight, presenting France with a choice between the young, (...)

A woman walks past electoral posters of French presidential election candidates in Paris. Photograph: Gabriel Bouysgabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Every leading candidate in the first round of the French presidential election promised a revolution in French politics, so I talked to voters where t(...)

French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National, Marine Le Pen, blows a kiss to the crowd during her   speech after finishing second in the first round of the  election in Henin-Beaumont, Northern France. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen will face the centrist Emmanuel Macron in the run-off for the French presidency, according to projections, after a land(...)

Presidential candidate Francois Fillon in Paris on Thursday: “Unless France puts order in its accounts, unless it liberates its economy, neither Franco-German entente nor the re-foundation of Europe is possible,” he said. Photograph:  Charles Platiau/Reuters

Francois Fillon, the presidential nominee for the conservative party Les Républicains, presented his plan for Europe at a press conference on Thursda(...)

New Anti-Capitalist Party candidate  Philippe Poutou during Tuesday night’s television debate in the French presidential election. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

A four-hour presidential debate between eleven French presidential candidates on Tuesday night was as chaotic and colourful as it was long. Two and a(...)

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