The centre-left has had a torrid year, particularly in Europe, but there are glimmers of hope on the horizon and hope for it to regroup.
Many French voters seems willing to give the new president and his party, La République en Marche, a broad mandate, even if they didn't initially support him.
Emmanuel Macron may have won the presidential election, but his agenda could fail if his party doesn't get a majority in Parliament.
Your guide to when to pay attention to them and when to beware.
President Macron is known for his excellent grasp of English, but his top team are also rather good at German.
Despite being widely tipped as the next leader of the Front National, the young deputy is dropping out.
The self-confessed europhile will need to respond to concerns about the EU if he is to succeed as French president.
He is a strident europhile, but that doesn't mean France's new leader is out to punish the UK for Brexit.
Victory for Emmanuel Macron is a blow for the far right, but there are lessons to be learnt for 2022.
The Conversation Global asked scholars from around the world what they thought of Emmanuel Macron's victory, and what means for their country.
France's new president is just 39-years-old and started his own political movement barely a year ago. So how did he do it?
Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron went head-to-head in the final debate before the second round of voting on May 7.
France seems more divided than ever going into the run-off vote between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen on May 7.
What does it mean to be French? The two standing presidential candidates hope voters will agree with their version of the answer.
By promising a top job to Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, the Front National leader is hoping to catch a few more votes. But is it too little too late?
Migration and asylum issues have come to epitomise France's political tensions and to reflect the critical decisions that will face its next president.
When Jean-Marie Le Pen made it to the second round in 2002, France was in a very different mood.
Both Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron have gained from the very deep disaffection of the French electorate with its traditional political representatives.
A survey shows that candidates who exploited populism in one way or the other during the first round of the French presidential election captured about half of the vote.
The prospect of a Marine Le Pen victory has financial markets spooked. For good reason.