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.
United by geography, divided by ideology.
Relations between the UK and France are often portrayed as a history of at best mutual suspicion and at worst open hostility..
April 15, 2019, 7:34 p.m.: Notre-Dame de Paris in flames.
The fire that devastated the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral on April 15 is a historic event that reminds us of the symbolic power of national monuments.
The euro just turned 20.
While the euro's survival for two decades is evidence of its success, it was born with fundamental problems that have weakened it, leading to near-constant crisis.
French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte after a meeting with the Romanian president at the Elysee presidential palace (November 27, 2018).
With some "Gilet jaune" protestors calling for the removal of Emmanuel Macron, the French constitution is being criticized anew for concentrating too much power in the hands of the president.
Mme Soazig de la Moissonniere/Elysee.
Macron's portrait and taste in literature are full of political symbols to be sussed.
In a heated presidential debate, Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron argued over each other like a pair of bickering teenagers as their parents watched on, confused.
The French must choose between two visions – one from Macron that looks externally to EU partners in trade and security, or one from Le Pen that closes France's borders and yearns for a 'Frexit'.
Benôit Hamon casts his vote in Trappes, France on April 23.
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With just 6% of the vote, the French socialist party of outgoing president François Hollande came a distant fifth in the French election.
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The most unpopular president of the fifth republic won't be seeking a second mandate.
He's only Mr Nobody to people who haven't being paying attention.
The next French president? Not likely.
With its share of the vote rising with each election, can the extreme-right party take power on its own? The example of the French communists during the postwar boom suggests otherwise.
France’s relationships with its former African colonies has become ambivalent.
French and African presidents have, in the past, entertained close relationships outside official channels. These often included illegitimate exchanges. But there are signs that this is changing.
The French National Assembly, where the surveillance bill was passed.
Legislation is passed in France that would see state surveillance powers scale towards those in the US and UK.
Going down together?
In late February 2014, it was discovered that Nicolas Sarkozy’s close aide during his presidency, Patrick Buisson, had secretly recorded hundreds of hours of conversations with the then-president and others…
François Hollande joins a long tradition of French Fifth republic Presidents who have had affairs. Widespread attachment to France’s privacy laws, and a press corps that generally agrees with them, combined…
Rumours of an affair have raised Hollande’s dander.
AP Photo/Francois Mori
Liberté, égalité, infidélité. The three stout pillars of the French constitution. Mitterrand, Chirac, Sarkozy, and now François Hollande: it’s a grand tradition – and if you tot their conquests up they…
With Greek leaders still unable to form government more than five days after the election, the prospect of Greeks returning to the polls is strengthening.
The democratic executions of Nicolas Sarkozy in France and Lucas Papademos in Greece means the body count of European leaders guillotined by angry electorates has risen to 12. Sarkozy and Papademos join…
This presidency has not even an hour for a honeymoon period.
EPA Guillaume Horcajuelo
So what of the winner of the recent presidential elections on 6 May in France? Francois Hollande celebrated his victory in his adopted local region, Tulle, not in flashy Paris. Hollande claims to want…