Recent polemical debates over French rappers Youssoupha and Médine show that rap is still not accepted by the political mainstream.
The south-eastern region of France known as PACA has long been a centre of power for the far-right, but recent failures in the regional elections bring its future into question for Marine Le Pen.
Sky-high abstention rates reveal the weakness of Emmanuel Macron’s political project.
Strasbourg officials are within their right to allow public funds to be used to build what may be the largest mosque in Europe. But that hasn’t stopped the backlash
With unrest deepening between pro-independence and loyalist groups, the instability in the French province should be of concern to its near neighbours, including Australia.
The protests, which have lasted for weeks, have become embroiled with deep anxieties in France about decolonisation, policing, the limits to secularism and the place of Muslims in French society.
A similar 2018 referendum failed, but was much closer than anticipated. Some believe independence might pass this time around, particularly with the issue not high on France’s list of priorities.
In the past decade the EU has been struck by a series of crises that have proven that it is far more vulnerable than previously imagined.
The loyalists won the referendum vote this time, but the result was close enough to give hope to pro-independence supporters for votes in 2020 and 2022.
The self-confessed europhile will need to respond to concerns about the EU if he is to succeed as French president.
Victory for Emmanuel Macron is a blow for the far right, but there are lessons to be learnt for 2022.
France seems more divided than ever going into the run-off vote between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen on May 7.