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
A small band of humourists and journalists is holding out, Asterix-like, against attempts by a French billionaire to tame the country’s cheekiest television station.
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
The former French president apparently informed pals of his mapped-out life plan recently
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
Liberated by a ruling last week that spares him the humiliation of a trial for the alleged fleecing of the ailing nonagenarian billionairess Liliane Bettencourt, Nicolas Sarkozy has been "energised", say his friends. Thus reinvigorated, he intends to rise from the political grave next year and begin a three-year campaign to reclaim the Elysée Palace.
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
Defending Klaus Barbie, he sought to emphasise what he saw as French collaboration with the Nazis