Keyword: Modem

Macron ally and centrist leader under investigation in funding probe

François Bayrou, 68, the leader of France's centre-right MoDem party and a key political ally of President Emmanuel Macron, who he helped to be elected, has been placed under investigation for suspected involvement in the misuse of European Parliament funds to pay for party workers.

President Macron's trio of thorny problems as new political year begins

Facing problems: President Emmanuel Macron. Facing problems: President Emmanuel Macron.

The first series of the Macron show has come to an end. Now, as the political world returns after the summer break, the show threatens to become more of a (grim) reality TV series. President Macron is confronted by three main issues: his economic policy is right-wing, many of his key measures are unpopular and he lacks heavyweight communicators in his party's ranks. As a result the new head of state seems set to change his communication strategy and get more involved in the fray. Mediapart's editor François Bonnet reports.

François Bayrou becomes latest minister to quit Macron government

European affairs minister Marielle de Sarnez and fellow MoDem member will also follow Bayrou out of government over party funding affair.

French defence minister resigns over inquiry into misuse of funds

Sylvie Goulard, who is second minister to go in 24 hours, steps down over allegations her MoDem party misused European funds.

MP finds France ‘without hope’ after walking tour of country

Centrist MP who walked 6,000 km says he witnessed a 'crisis in the standard of living, loss of identity and loss of sense of a common destiny'.

New French centrist alliance aims for foothold in European parliament

The pro-EU centre-right alliance, which is to be called the Alternative, hopes to capitalise on frustration with President François Hollande.