Francois Hollande vows not to seek a second mandate
The French Socialist president, Francois Hollande, has made a shock announcement that he will not seek a second mandate. Despite overseeing a slight dip in unemployment, his approval ratings have been among the lowest of any post-war Presidency and his attempts to reform France’s economy have been met with strike upon strike.
Francois Fillon wins conservative nomination
A Thatcherite conservative or a middle of the road professional politician: however you describe him, the former French prime minister Francois Fillon is now the centre-right’s best hope of defeating the National Front’s Marine Le Pen.
Conservatives are choosing a nominee to fight the presidential election.
Francois Fillon v Marine Le Pen?
He’s a 62 year old French MP whose campaign slogan vowed to slash half a million public sector jobs over the next five years. This is former prime minister Francois Fillon, the man most likely to become the centre right’s presidential candidate, after winning a landslide in this weekend’s primary.
UK gives up European Council presidency
Prime Minister Theresa May says the UK will not take on the European Council presidency next year after voting to leave the EU.
Nice lorry attack: dozens killed on Bastille Day
At least 84 people, including children, are killed after a man drives a lorry through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, in what the French authorities are calling a terror attack.
More explosions in Brussels as police shoot terror suspect
Police shoot a man at a tram stop in Brussels as anti-terror raids are carried out across Europe.
Brussels bombings: concern for missing Briton
Downing Street says it is “concerned” about missing Briton David Dixon following the Brussels terror attacks.
Brussels suicide bombings carried out by brothers
Two brothers carried out the suicide bombings at Brussels airport and the city’s metro, Belgium’s federal prosecutor confirms.
Timeline: how terror came to Brussels
Belgium has suffered its worst peacetime attack, months after warning that terrorists were about to strike the capital with a Paris-style atrocity.
Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam captured
One of the main suspects in the Paris attacks Salah Abdeslam has been wounded and captured in Brussels.
Brussels terror raid: manhunt launched
A manhunt is launched for two suspects after four officers are wounded in an anti-terror raid in Brussels linked to the Paris attacks.
Calais: French ‘Jungle’ demolition continues
French riot police are preparing for further protests as demolition work at the ‘Jungle’ migrant camp in Calais continues.
FactCheck: Is Cameron scaremongering over “UK migrant camps”?
The claim “If we can get this deal in Europe, if we can this renegotiation fixed and we can stay in a reformed Europe, you know what you get… you know that the borders stay in Calais.” David Cameron, 8 February 2016 The background Could the kind of squalid migrant camps we see on the…
The rise of the French far-right
The tide of migration — and with it, unemployment and fear of terrorism — has fuelled the rise of the far-right in Europe, like the Front National in France. The country has 600,000 more people out of work since President Hollande took power.