She will still almost certainly top the presidential poll in the first round
FN’s likely success in the local elections has rattled centrists
Country's darkly fearful political mood means the far right had scarcely needed to campaign - but Le Pen's chances of becoming France’s first woman President remain slight
The former president has been persuaded to disown and punish his one time ally following her remarks
President says he is ready to axe the ‘excesses and abuses’ of France’s social model
A controversial fixer for arms deals linked to an alleged corruption scandal that engulfed Nicolas Sarkozy has been refused entry to Britain.
They were arrested as part of an investigation into an undeclared €10,000 in cash paid monthly to Mr Guéant when he ran Mr Sarkozy's office
Models, presidents, kings, actresses and bishops gather for memorial service in South Africa
A private security firm has presented evidence of hacking to the FBI but has not linked the attacks to the Chinese government
The bitterly contested bill to criminalise prostitutes’ clients is heading for legislative limbo
Mainstream groups concerned that National Front could gain more regional council seats
Cecilia Attias says that she left Nicolas Sarkozy shortly after his election in 2007 'because he had sort of forgotten me'
In an apparent swipe at Uefa president Michel Platini, Blatter admits that 'direct political influences' were applied due to economic links with Qatar
Far-right party benefits from fatal shooting of armed robber and former PM’s comments
Government accused of hitching itself to an American ‘adventure’ without UN backing