France

What France’s regional election results mean for Macron and Le Pen
Emmanuel Macron during the European Social Summit in May
In Depth

What France’s regional election results mean for Macron and Le Pen

Success of centre-right parties suggests upcoming presidential contest may not be two-horse race
28 Jun 2021
Is red snow the latest warning sign of worsening climate crisis?
Alpinists walk on the Mont-Blanc Massif in the French Alps
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Is red snow the latest warning sign of worsening climate crisis?

French scientists investigating whether global warming is behind mysterious phenomenon in Alps
15 Jun 2021
Thousands of Brits may miss EU residency rights deadline
An aerial view of Paris
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Thousands of Brits may miss EU residency rights deadline

Britons living abroad have just 30 days to secure post-Brexit right to remain
1 Jun 2021
France in revolt, junior networks and digital emotions
Emmanuel Macron
Podcast

France in revolt, junior networks and digital emotions

Why are French soldiers up in arms? Is Instagram the right place for children? And can computers recognise emotions?
14 May 2021
Napoleon’s contested legacy
The bronze statue of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris
In Brief

Napoleon’s contested legacy

Two hundred years after the death of Napoleon Bonaparte, a bitter debate is still raging in France over his place in its history
14 May 2021
Is Macron losing control of his military over an Islamism revolt?
Emmanuel Macron
In Depth

Is Macron losing control of his military over an Islamism revolt?

Thousands of soldiers sign letter claiming nation is on brink of civil war following ‘surrender to Islamists’
12 May 2021
Macron pact against far-right triggers conservative ‘meltdown’
French President Emmanuel Macron
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Macron pact against far-right triggers conservative ‘meltdown’

Alliance in Marseille aimed at preventing victory by Marine Le Pen’s National Rally
4 May 2021

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How is Macron linked to death of Chad’s ‘ruthless’ president?
Emmanuel Macron welcomes Idriss Déby at the Elysee Palace in 2018
Unreported world

How is Macron linked to death of Chad’s ‘ruthless’ president?

Analysts say ‘French foreign policy blunder’ paved way for killing of Idriss Deby by rebel group
27 Apr 2021
French government ‘enabled foreseeable’ Rwandan genocide
Paul Kagame and Emmanuel Macron in 2018
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French government ‘enabled foreseeable’ Rwandan genocide

Investigation finds that Paris ‘did nothing to stop’ slaughter of 800,000 people in 1994 mass killings
20 Apr 2021
Saudi crown prince ‘lobbied France to authenticate fake da Vinci’
The Salvator Mundi on display at Christies in 2017
Stranger than fiction

Saudi crown prince ‘lobbied France to authenticate fake da Vinci’

Upcoming documentary claims Louvre was urged to lie about world’s most expensive painting
12 Apr 2021
Briefing: The Paris Commune
The Paris Commune: ‘A brief interlude of springtime revolution’
In Depth

Briefing: The Paris Commune

150 years ago, a socialist-inspired uprising briefly transformed the French capital, before it was ruthlessly crushed
9 Apr 2021
Nuclear testing, flat-hunting and the other megxit
A nuclear test
Podcast

Nuclear testing, flat-hunting and the other megxit

Why are we only now learning about France’s atomic legacy? Is social networking changing the rental market. And why are migrants leaving the UK?
12 Mar 2021
‘Toxic heritage’ of French nuclear testing exposed by new research
A French nuclear test in French Polynesia in the 1970s
In Brief

‘Toxic heritage’ of French nuclear testing exposed by new research

Findings pave way for more than 100,000 people affected by carcinogenic fallout to claim compensation
9 Mar 2021
Countries where the burka is banned
Burqa, veil
In Depth

Countries where the burka is banned

Switzerland becomes latest country to ban the Islamic face veil
8 Mar 2021
The rise and fall of Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at court for the verdict of his trial for corruption
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The rise and fall of Nicolas Sarkozy

Former French president sentenced to jail after being convicted of attempted bribery
2 Mar 2021
French academics clash with minister over ‘Islamo-leftism’ inquiry
French Minister of Higher Education Frédérique Vidal
In Brief

French academics clash with minister over ‘Islamo-leftism’ inquiry

Row over allegations of extremism in universities stokes growing culture war
22 Feb 2021
Elite university drawn into France’s sex abuse scandal
Former director of the Institute of Political Studies Frederic Mion in 2018
In Brief

Elite university drawn into France’s sex abuse scandal

Hundreds of students are sharing allegations implicating top educational establishment
12 Feb 2021
Poll suggests Emmanuel Macron could lose presidency to far-right
Emmanuel Macron attends a video conference at the Elysee Palace.
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Poll suggests Emmanuel Macron could lose presidency to far-right

Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party is rising in popularity ahead of next year’s election
29 Jan 2021
Incest allegation triggers French national reckoning
Olivier Duhamel pictured in 2016
In Focus

Incest allegation triggers French national reckoning

Waves of testimonies flood social media as member of Paris establishment faces abuse allegations
19 Jan 2021
Europe scrambles to impose Covid-19 restrictions
Residents at a care home in Belgium receive the Covid vaccine
In Focus

Europe scrambles to impose Covid-19 restrictions

France introduces curfew as Germany considers tougher measures after deaths hit record high
15 Jan 2021
Brexit could see Britons avoid EU speeding fines
A spanish police officer controls cars at a traffic checkpoint
In Brief

Brexit could see Britons avoid EU speeding fines

Britain’s departure from the EU cancelled agreement on motoring offences
13 Jan 2021
France’s Covid vaccine rollout flounders amid anti-vax backlash
Emmanuel Macron removes a protective face mask to take a drink of water.
Behind the scenes

France’s Covid vaccine rollout flounders amid anti-vax backlash

Just 516 people given Pfizer jab in first week of mass vaccination scheme as doctors face bureaucratic chaos
5 Jan 2021
French border closure scuppered by Poland
Police officers block access to the port in Dover
Behind the scenes

French border closure scuppered by Poland

Other Eastern European EU members also opposed the blockade, which trapped their citizens in the UK
23 Dec 2020
No. 10 ‘incandescent’ as France closed border
A sign informs drivers that the French border crossing is closed.
Behind the scenes

No. 10 ‘incandescent’ as France closed border

1,500 lorries stuck in Kent as UK and France aim to restart trade
22 Dec 2020
Sporting peril, boycotting France and farming tomorrow
Rugby player Chris Ashton
Podcast

Sporting peril, boycotting France and farming tomorrow

Will rugby survive a concussion crisis? Why are French goods being recalled across the Arab world? And what’s happening down on the farm?
18 Dec 2020
France vs. Germany negotiating rift revealed
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier (centre)
In Brief

France vs. Germany negotiating rift revealed

Conflict between EU power brokers triggered during Michel Barnier’s Covid isolation
8 Dec 2020
France launches raids in crackdown on ‘political Islam’
Emmanuel Macron pictured with French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin
In Brief

France launches raids in crackdown on ‘political Islam’

Interior minister says inspections are part of ‘massive action against separatism’
4 Dec 2020
Is EU ‘curveball’ about to trigger a no-deal Brexit?
Michel Barnier walks to a conference centre in central London
In Brief

Is EU ‘curveball’ about to trigger a no-deal Brexit?

UK officials claim the bloc’s negotiators are upping demands about state aid
4 Dec 2020
Will Macron sink Brexit deal with French veto?
Emmanuel Macron gives the opening speech of a video international donor conference for Lebanon at the Elysee palace.
In Brief

Will Macron sink Brexit deal with French veto?

Diplomats warn EU negotiators not to give too many concessions to win agreement
3 Dec 2020
How European countries are faring with second waves of Covid
People stroll down Bordeaux's main shopping street Sainte-Catherine
In Depth

How European countries are faring with second waves of Covid

Italy and Spain have recorded highest daily death tolls since spring
18 Nov 2020
Emmanuel Macron calls for EU to rethink free movement
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In Brief

Emmanuel Macron calls for EU to rethink free movement

French president says reform is needed to tackle international terrorism
6 Nov 2020
Why everybody’s talking about Macron and the Muslim world
Emmanuel Macron pays his respects by the coffin of Samuel Paty's inside Sorbonne University's, Paris.
In Depth

Why everybody’s talking about Macron and the Muslim world

Protests break out across the Middle East over French president’s ‘crackdown’ on Islam
28 Oct 2020
How France is handling its coronavirus spike
Paris, France
In Depth

How France is handling its coronavirus spike

PM Jean Castex and other ministers are facing legal action over virus policy following record-breaking rise in Covid cases
18 Sep 2020
How other countries are extending or ending furlough
rishi sunak
In Brief

How other countries are extending or ending furlough

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is under pressure to follow lead of nations such as Germany to support workers
16 Sep 2020
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