The political brief

French far-left leader Mélenchon and former PM Valls locked in war of words

French lawmakers Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Manuel Valls have gone from being comrades to enemies. The far-left leader and the former Socialist PM are now locked in a bitter war of words - we tell you more. Also, civil servants take to the streets in a show of unity against Emmanuel Macron's labour reforms. Meanwhile, the conservative Les Républicains party is looking for a new leader. This week, the shortlist of four candidates was made official - we take a closer look.