Paris is about to have its first woman mayor in the city's long history. But the certainty that either socialist Anne Hidalgo or right-wing candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet will take the reins of the French capital after the two rounds of local elections that start this Sunday masks the fact that most French towns and cities will be run by a man whichever of the main parties wins the local vote. An examination of the mayoral election candidates by Mediapart has revealed that the great majority are male, white – and not very young. Lénaïg Bredoux and Ellen Salvi report on the slow progress made by the country's two major mainstream parties in making their politicians more representative of the populace.
Ahead of Sunday's local elections, 750 towns across France have a communist mayor, including nearly 30 with a population of 30,000 or more.
A couple are in custody facing an investigation for neglect after three boys aged two, five and six are believed never to have left their flat.
Former environment minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet trails in polls to socialist rival Anne Hidalgo in battle to be mayor of French capital.
Candidates to become the next mayor of the French capital have seized on row over pollution to try to score points over opponents.
Around 4,000 motorists faced on-the-spot fines for defying curbs on car use as pollution eased in French capital.
Around 700 police will enforce number plate scheme where only half of city's drivers will be allowed on French capital's roads on any given day.
System in which vehicle use is restricted to alternate days depending on licence plate numbers comes into effect in Paris area on Monday morning.
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Official says public transport will be free until Sunday evening due to 'significant risks to the health of residents' as pollution continues.
France’s regional tourism body declares that Paris has knocked London off the top spot for the world’s most popular city.
Temperatures in the French capital reached 21.6 degrees Celsius, beating the 1880 record of 20.7 degrees Celsius, according to Meteo France.
Across the French capital, rated one of the most expensive to live in worldwide, examples abound of illegal rentals of cupboard-space lodgings.
US state secretary John Kerry and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov held their first face-to-face talks, which are to continue over coming days.