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The latest developments in French politics, with on-the-ground reports, expert analysis and original perspectives. Every Thursday at 4.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2017-11-02

France's controversial anti-terrorism law comes into force

France's state of emergency is no more. President Emmanuel Macron defends his country's controversial new anti-terrorism law before the European Court of Human Rights. Also, it's second time lucky for Les Républicains: after a first round of voting was invalidated, five pro-Macron members have now been expelled from the centre-right opposition party. Plus, France's far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon makes a surprising admission of defeat: he is giving up on opposing Macron’s labour reforms.

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2018-01-18 Calais

Maverick Mélenchon: French far-left launches its own web TV

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2018-01-11 French politics

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2018-01-04 France

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We take look back at a historic year in French politics. In the span of just 12 months, France has had its entire political landscape redrawn. The old guard was tossed aside as a...

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2017-12-21 French politics

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