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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(...)

Love all: Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is has met his match in  tennis star Serena Williams. Photograph:  Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

In numbers: Licensed to grill €500,000 Estimated revenue boost that Fáilte Ireland says Limerick will receive later this year when it puts on its ap(...)

Former prime minister of France Manuel Valls unveils his election platform to the media in Paris on Tuesday ahead of the Socialist Parties presidential primaries later this month. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Manuel Valls has launched his campaign to represent France’s Socialist Party in the coming presidential election with a shift to the left, as the form(...)

French president François Hollande will likely face a threat from former president Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

With the end of the summer holidays, the 2017 French presidential race has started. The men considered most likely to represent the left and the conse(...)

A woman in a headscarf was photographed on a beach in Nice removing a long-sleeved top while surrounded by armed police. Photograph: Poppy Gold

The political row in France over mayors banning the burkini has intensified after a woman in a headscarf was photographed on a beach in Nice removing (...)

Protesters clash with police in Nantes on Tuesday during a demonstration against the use of the French constitution’s article 49,3 allowing the government to bypass parliament and force through labour reforms. Photograph: AFP Photo/Jean-Sebastien Evrard

The possibility of the French government falling receded on Wednesday when left-wing frondeurs or rebels fell two short of the 58 signatures required(...)

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”, (...)

France’s president Francois Hollande smiles during the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

France’s cash-strapped government was attacked from left and right today over plans to cut family benefit payouts by tying them for the first time in (...)

Secretary general of the Elysee Palace Jean-Pierre Jouyet announces the new list of government ministers after a cabinet reshuffle at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France, today. Photograph: EPA

President Francois Hollande has replaced his maverick leftist economy minister with a former Rothschild partner in a reshuffle intended to reconcile h(...)

Arnaud Montebourg: said France “must raise its voice” with Germany. Photograph: EPA/Etienne Laurent

President Francois Hollande was yesterday plunged into the greatest political crisis of his presidency when the French government collapsed followin(...)

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