Marine Le Pen praises Brexit and Trump as heralding new 'order'

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The far-right Front National party leader, who is standing as candidate in this spring's presidential elections in France, met in Germany with far-right leaders from across Europe, claiming that Brexit would “set the dominos falling" across the continent.

French president says UK in for tough time if it demands hard Brexit

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At a European Council meeting in Brussels, François Hollande said negotiations over Britain's future relationship with the European Union 'will be hard' if London adopts a 'hard Brexit' approach, while European Parliament president Martin Schulz said restrictions on immigration would mean an economic cost for the UK.

Hollande meets with Pope

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The French president flew to Rome for a private audience with the head of the Catholic Church three weeks after terrorists murdered a priest in Normandy.

Rivals snub Sarkozy policy speech

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Conservative presidential election rivals did not attend the opposition party leader's keynote speech at the end of weekend policy meeting.

Obama pledges support for France in face of Islamic State group

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The US president, meeting François Hollande in Washington, said the two countries 'stand united, in total solidarity, to deliver justice to these terrorists'.

Anti-Islamic State coalition makes little progress at Paris meeting

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The foreign ministers of 24 countries agreed few changes to military strategy despite IS continuing to advance in Syria and Iraq.

Hollande meets terror attacks survivors and victims' families

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The French president promised survivors and families that they will be given "all the truth" about this month's attacks which left 17 victims died.

UPDATE: Russia, US and key EU states hold Paris talks over Ukraine crisis

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US state secretary John Kerry and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov held their first face-to-face talks, which are to continue over coming days.

Sarkozy meets in private with Merkel

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The former French president upped comeback rumours by meeting the German Chancellor before addressing the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Hollande and Monti agree on need to spur growth

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President François Hollande held his first bilateral meeting with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, reaching a common approach to the debt crisis.

French elections in images: Sarkozy rallies the faithful in Villepinte

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Photographer Patrick Artinian is following the French presidential election campaign trail for Mediapart, with a series of photo and video reportages with soundtracks of the candidates, their supporters, meetings and milestone events which will continue all the way to the final vote on May 6th. Here he captures the atmosphere at President Nicolas Sarkozy’s major rally on Sunday March 10th at a meeting hall in Villepinte, a suburban town north of Paris, where, before an estimated 30,000 flag-waving supporters, he played the trump cards he hopes will turn around a flagging re-election campaign.