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    1. May 18, 2015

      Nicolas Sarkozy’s bruising battle with the Twitter trolls

      Nicolas Sarkozy is embracing Twitter — for better or worse. With his 750,000 or so followers, the former French president...

    2. May 5, 2015

      Le Pen drama threatens efforts to rejuvenate far-right party

      Jean-Marie Le Pen’s attempt to steal the show at the National Front’s annual May day rally in Paris was perhaps the straw...

    1. May 4, 2015

      Jean-Marie Le Pen suspended by French National Front

      The National Front has suspended its founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen, in a dramatic climax to the war that pits the French...

    2. May 1, 2015

      Thousands join National Front’s May Day march in Paris

      Pensioner Alain Michel was one of the thousands of supporters of France’s far-right National Front to come out and march on...

    3. April 13, 2015

      National Front’s Jean-Marie Le Pen gives in to daughter’s demands

      National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen has given in to demands from his daughter and party leader Marine Le Pen to step...

    4. April 12, 2015

      Far-right surge in France keeps statist values alive

      Manuel Valls keeps repeating his fear that France may “fall into the hands of the National Front” (FN). The anti-EU,...

    5. April 10, 2015

      France’s Le Pen political dynasty shows signs of crumbling

      As recently as last year, the different generations of the Le Pen family would have long discussions in the gardens of the...

    6. April 8, 2015

      Marine Le Pen takes steps to oust father from National Front

      Marine Le Pen has taken steps to oust her father Jean-Marie from the party he founded, as the head of France’s far-right...

    7. March 29, 2015

      Nicolas Sarkozy the winner as French local polls deal blow to Socialists

      France’s centre-right UMP party and its allies made large gains in local elections on Sunday, delivering a blow to President...

    8. March 24, 2015

      Secularism splits opinion in France

      The attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has unleashed an ideological war over laïcité — the strict version of...

    9. March 23, 2015

      A stumble in the march of Europe’s populists

      When the far left Syriza party won the Greek general election at the start of this year, some assumed its victory heralded...

    10. March 23, 2015

      Growth alone will not stabilise Europe

      Europe is in a race against time. After six years of economic crisis, extremist political parties are well-entrenched across...

    11. March 20, 2015

      FN pushes on as French Socialists struggle to stem swing to right

      Darida Belaïdi takes a break in the sun after a morning canvassing the poor immigrant suburbs of Avignon, a world away from...

    12. The World

      March 16, 2015

      When footballers become a political football

      When Zlatan Ibrahimovic was caught on camera calling France a “shitty country” as he ranted against a match official after...

    13. March 11, 2015

      After Charlie Hebdo, a blurring of fiction and fact

      Nagib Azergui is a victim of mistaken identity. His case would be easily fixed if he were mixed up with a lookalike. But the...

    14. March 10, 2015

      National Front in France faces EU probe

      France’s far right National Front (FN) is facing an anti-corruption probe over allegations it fraudulently funnelled money...

    15. March 8, 2015

      Manuel Valls sounds alarm over rise of France’s National Front

      Manuel Valls has warned that National Front leader Marine Le Pen could win the presidential election in two years, as he...

    16. March 6, 2015

      The rising menace of France’s National Front

      Two months after millions of French people mounted a mass demonstration of national unity in horrified reaction to the...

    17. February 16, 2015

      We are all victims now

      We live in the age of victimhood. Wherever you look there is someone with a grievance. The richer and more powerful they...

    18. February 9, 2015

      Socialists win French by-election but National Front gain ground

      The surge in support for France’s far right National Front in a by-election in eastern France has overshadowed the narrow...

    19. January 20, 2015

      End austerity before fear kills Greek democracy

      Greece changes on January 25, the day of the election. My party, Syriza, guarantees a new social contract for political...

    20. January 19, 2015

      Le Pen criticises ‘20 years of mistakes’ on immigration

      Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front, ended two weeks of restraint on the terror attacks that left 17...

    21. December 12, 2014

      Women we watched: Marine Le Pen

      If there is one woman who has dominated French headlines this year, it is Marine Le Pen. Under her leadership, the country’s...

    22. November 30, 2014

      Nicolas Sarkozy wins UMP leadership election

      Former president Nicolas Sarkozy seized back control of France’s centre-right UMP party in leadership elections but without...

    23. The World

      November 30, 2014

      Sarkozy, the presidency and the threat from Le Pen

      Nicolas Sarkozy is back as leader of France’s centre-right UMP party. The stage is set for him to run for the presidency in...

    24. November 19, 2014

      Nicolas Sarkozy gay marriage vow highlights shift to right

      When Nicolas Sarkozy took to the stage to tell members of France’s conservative Common Sense group that a law passed last...

    25. November 4, 2014

      Notebook: French parties by any other name will smell no sweeter

      When you start life with a bad name, it makes sense to change it. You may not love “Google”. But it is better than BackRub,...

    26. October 21, 2014

      Epitaph for France does a lively trade

      If you want an indication of the collective mood in France at the moment, try this for a best-selling book title: Le Suicide...

    27. September 28, 2014

      Centre-right to control French senate in latest blow to Hollande

      France’s far right National Front won its first ever seats in the country’s upper house of parliament on Sunday as French...

    28. September 22, 2014

      The strange revival of nationalism in global politics

      In 1990 Kenichi Ohmae, a management consultant, published a book called The Borderless World, whose title captured the...

    29. September 21, 2014

      Scotland’s No echoes Europe’s Yes to grand coalitions

      The union is saved. Alex Salmond, Scotland’s nationalist first minister, has resigned. All the ink spilled on the benefits...

    30. September 9, 2014

      Europe has to do whatever it takes

      In the second quarter of this year, real domestic demand in the eurozone was 5 per cent lower than in the first quarter of...

    31. The World

      September 5, 2014

      France's problems, viewed from a village

      For the past twenty years, I’ve spent every summer in the same village in South-West France. It is a beautiful place which...

    32. September 4, 2014

      France links Russian warship delivery to Ukraine peace deal

      France has stressed it could resume the suspended supply of a warship to Russia within weeks if Moscow backs moves to...

    33. August 29, 2014

      France: Rock bottom

      A desolate image broadcast live this week to a French public that has all but despaired of his presidency summed up the...

    34. August 15, 2014

      The fuse under the Fifth Republic

      France’s national crisis expresses itself in multiple ways. It is about poor economic growth, rising public debt and high...

    35. August 15, 2014

      Anti-Semitic attacks rise in France as Gaza conflict stirs tensions

      When Jewish and Pro-Palestinian youths clashed last month outside a Parisian synagogue on the fringe of an otherwise...

    36. July 4, 2014

      Nicolas Sarkozy’s noisy return will drown out voices of progress

      Late at night in Paris this week, at the terrace of a buzzing café, I overheard a group of a dozen youngsters passionately...

    37. June 11, 2014

      France’s opposition infighting opens way for far right

      Plagued by chronic infighting, wracked by financial scandal and transfixed by the prospect of a comeback by its former...

    38. June 9, 2014

      Marine Le Pen in dispute with father over anti-Semitism allegations

      A dispute over an apparent allusion to Nazi gas chambers has caused a public split between Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s...

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