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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(...)

“The failure to heed the lesson that muddling through doesn’t work is the reason why centrists have lost everywhere in recent years.”

As a purely intellectual exercise, it is worth looking at the upsides of 2017, since we are all well aware of things that could wrong. The single bi(...)

Although François Hollande will remain France’s head of state for another five months, his announcement that he will not seek re-election as president marks his political death. File photograph: Yoan Valat/AFP/Getty Images

As he read his speech on Thursday night, the president of France looked like a convict climbing on to the scaffold. Although François Hollande will r(...)

Former French economy minister Emmanuel Macron announcing his candidacy for next year’s presidential election on Wednesday. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

French leaders on the left and right reacted dismissively to Emmanuel Macron’s declaration of his candidacy for the French presidential election next(...)

French president François Hollande: His Socialist Party faithful gave him a standing ovation before he started  his speech in Paris on Thursday  entitled “Democracy Facing Terrorism” but a recent poll suggests that 88 per cent of French voters do not want him to seek re-election. Photograph: Christophe Ena/Pool/Reuters

Hundreds of Socialist Party faithful assembled in a theatre near the Arc de Triomphe on Thursday to hear François Hollande’s speech entitled “Democrac(...)

Outgoing French economy minister Emmanuel Macron after his resignation. He said he regretted having failed to convince colleagues that a profound transformation of the French economy was needed. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The most popular member of the French government, 38-year-old Emmanuel Macron, on Tuesday resigned as minister for the economy with the unstated but o(...)

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(...)

Michel Rocard: French president François  Hollande called him “a great figure of the republic and the left”. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Former prime minister Michel Rocard will be remembered as he wished, with a national ceremony at Les Invalides, presided over by President François Ho(...)

 François Hollande  during the opening of the international anti-corruption practitioner conference at the OECD in Paris  yesterday. Photograph: Francois Guillot/Reuters

France’s first socialist government was elected in May 1936, against a backdrop of economic crisis, the rise of populist nationalism in France and fas(...)

 Deutsche Börse group CEO Carsten Kengeter at the shareholders’ meeting  in Frankfurt, Germany, on May 11th. Photograph: Boris Roessler/EPA

The €27 billion planned merger between the London Stock Exchange Group and the Deutsche Börse raises potential competition concerns, French finance mi(...)

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