The Champs-Élysées was shut after a terrorist attack on April 20.
The killing of a policeman in a terror attack has heightened tensions ahead of the first round of voting on April 23.
A road sign marks the start of the Elysee street near the Elysee Palace, the French President’s official residence, in Paris.
Europe has had a number of important elections over the past year, but for the EU none is as significant – or as potentially grave – as France's upcoming presidential election.
Vladimir Putin, here with French President Francois Hollande, has big plans for Europe.
Kremlin Press Office
The Kremlin wants to build strong alliances with "pro-Russian" forces in the West. In France's upcoming election, Putin is placing his bets on two right-wing candidates for president.
Giant figures of (from left) Macron, Fillon and Le Pen.
Should French children be taught about the 'positive aspects' of colonialism? What the presidential candidates say.
A candidate's perceived Islamophobia may influence a French Muslim's vote, but the impact of religious faith on political choice should not be overstated.
Campaign posters of the 11 candidates in the French election. Left, right and centre can seem pretty blurred in 2017 France.
As France heads to the polls ton April 23, citizens seem more confused than ever about just what is "left" and what is "right".
Popular candidates for the 2017 presidential election (from left): Fillon, Macron, Melenchon, Le Pen and Hamon get ready to debate on March 20, 2017.
Get up to speed before the first round of voting on April 23.
Still a bit of a mystery, but an appealing one.
He's got Le Pen rattled at an important phase in the election campaign, even without a manifesto.
Le Pen has declared herself to be anti-radical Islam, and has attacked “two totalitarianisms”, namely globalisation and Islamic fundamentalism.
In the aftermath of the election of US President Donald Trump and the UK’s Brexit referendum, many observers are keeping a watchful eye on how presidential elections play out in France in late April and…
Macron’s stumble on colonialism.
The presidential candidate stoked anger on the right by calling French colonialism a 'crime against humanity'.
The four main candidates.
Just a month after moving into the Élysée Palace, the new president will face the country's parliamentary elections.
Roll out the candidates.
After a big weekend of campaign launches, most candidates are now in place for the 2017 presidential race.
Benoît Hamon is now leading a fairly weak socialist pack.
What hope of finding a candidate who can hold onto the presidency?
Happy new year.
Where do we go from here? After a dramatic year, we look ahead to some key economic and political trends that will influence our lives over the next 12 months.
He's the surprise winner of the republican nomination, but Fillon is in a strong position to attack the weaknesses of the far right.
While the French public comes to terms with a series of appalling attacks, politicians seize the opportunity to position themselves ahead of next year's Presidential election.
Soldiers patrol on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, July 18, 2016.
The far right isn't afraid to admit to fear in the wake of brutal attacks like the one in Nice. More mainstream politicians would be wise to follow suit.