Marine Le Pen at a political rally in Metz, France.
What does it mean to be French? The two standing presidential candidates hope voters will agree with their version of the answer.
Benôit Hamon casts his vote in Trappes, France on April 23.
Julien de Rosa/EPA
With just 6% of the vote, the French socialist party of outgoing president François Hollande came a distant fifth in the French election.
Emmanuel Macron at a campagn event in Bercy, April 17.
François Hollande promised to make France’s youth a priority, but was a disappointment to them. While current candidates often showcase young supporters, will they have a voice after the election?
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.
‘Rapist, killer cops’: protesters march in Paris’s 18th arrondisement.
Governments' continual use of security forces to 'keep order' in low-income and minority neighborhoods masks their inability find solutions other than force.
Benoît Hamon is now leading a fairly weak socialist pack.
What hope of finding a candidate who can hold onto the presidency?
EPA/Christophe Petit Tesson
The most unpopular president of the fifth republic won't be seeking a second mandate.
That sinking feeling.
The suggested start of Brexit negotiations doesn't do Britain any favours, nor Germany, France or Italy.
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.
Please, you must go now.
Britain might want to play nice and exit calmly, but the French president must avoid giving ammunition to Frexiters.
Angela Merkel and François Hollande are now alone at the top table, and there are no prizes for guessing who is drawing up the seating plan.
Not much liberty, fraternity or equality round here.
Some Gallic goals might cheer up the French, but they certainly won't save Hollande.
A man holds a giant pencil as tribute in a solidarity march for Charlie Hebdo victims
France was left reeling by the attacks of January 2015 and things only got worse as the year unfolded – so why the political inertia?
Man of the moment or yesterday’s news?
He ran the show at COP21 but the man who once became France's youngest Prime Minister is not what the country needs in 2017.
EPA/Russian Defence Ministry
Vladimir Putin has been proved right again as Western priorities shift from removing Assad to destroying Islamic State.
French prime minister Manuel Valls talking with the president, Francois Hollande.
EPA/Stephane De Sakutin
Conflict is normally governed by rules and regulations but France is taking on an enemy that disregards them all.
A soldier looks out over Paris.
The language used by François Hollande and others implies extremism can be bombed out of existence. It can't.
Assad meets French delegates in Damascus following the Paris atrocities.
The Paris atrocities came just as Assad's military position was improving. Can the dictator harness international fury at Islamic State to strengthen his position in Syria?
Air France directors weren't the only ones left exposed, after protests over jobs turned violent.
The lucky ones: bound for Germany.
Much of the conventional wisdom among academics over the last decade or so has focused on the convergent trends in European government policies toward both migrants and asylum seekers. Spurred on by European…