France in focus

2017: An eventful year marked by electoral surprises, natural disasters and powerful hashtags

As France gets into the holiday spirit, we take a look back at what 2017 held in store. The French presidential election turned out to be quite the nail-biter, taking a number of unprecedented twists and turns before independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron was elected the country’s new leader. We also take a look at the year ahead and some of the cultural highlights we can expect. Finally, we meet Nina Métayer, who was voted best pastry chef of the year.