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Commemorations have slowly become more muted over the years due to the racist and misogynistic aspects of his rule
President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, who died on Wednesday 2 December following the Covid-19.
The former president advocated an 'advanced liberal society' in which the state must promote growth and paved the way for Europe.
Jacques Chirac has died, aged 86.
The most popular president of the Fifth Republic actually achieved alarmingly little during his tenure.
Jacques Chirac (here in 2005) was a defining figure in French politics after May 1968.
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A look back at the distinguished career of the former president, an ardent defender of France's place in the world.
The Seine and Notre Dame, physically and spiritually the heart of Paris.
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From coronations to Revolution to reconciliation, Notre Dame has witnessed nearly 900 years of French history.
French President Emmanuel Macron, his wife Brigitte Macron, U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on the Place de la Concorde, Paris July 14, 2017.
France and the US have always had their differences, but they've also proved strong and steady allies.
Eymet, a small village in the Perigord, is home to hundreds of British people.
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While people from many nations have chosen to make their home in France, the British were among the first and remain the most numerous.
A huge number of new politicians have joined the National Assembly after the 2017 election.
Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron have advanced to the second round in the 2017 French presidential.
Le Pen and Macron offer two totally different visions for France’s future and its relationship to Europe.
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.
The four main candidates.
Just a month after moving into the Élysée Palace, the new president will face the country's parliamentary elections.
An exhibition about France’s long history in Algeria.
France's colonial legacy remains an uncomfortable subject.
Back for his encore.
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been re-elected as leader of the opposition party the UMP. His candidacy for the 2017 presidential election is still not certain but his rivals are in a state…