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Jacques Chirac (here in 2005) was a defining figure in French politics after May 1968. World Economic Forum/Flickr

Jacques Chirac, 1932-2019: a political bulldozer

A look back at the distinguished career of the former president, an ardent defender of France's place in the world.
An electoral poster of Emmanuel Macron, France’s centre-left presidential candidate, calling for unity. Benoit Tessier/Reuters

French election highlights a deep divide on the European Union

France's two presidential candidates diverge markedly on many issues, but nothing is as divisive as France's relationship with the EU.
Benôit Hamon casts his vote in Trappes, France on April 23. Julien de Rosa/EPA

What happened to the French Socialist Party?

With just 6% of the vote, the French socialist party of outgoing president François Hollande came a distant fifth in the French election.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy should be worried about the upcoming elections. EPA/Yoan Valat

France 2012: Sarkozy’s tough road ahead

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has a tight fight on his hands. He’ll be taking on the Socialist Party’s Francois Hollande in the elections next year. And he could struggle to get a second term. Four…

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