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White, ageing and male: the profile of a typical French mayor

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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.

Communists battle to hold their own in France’s town halls

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.

France inquiry after Paris children found 'living wild'

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.

Odds against conservative challenger as Paris vote looms

Former environment minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet trails in polls to socialist rival Anne Hidalgo in battle to be mayor of French capital.

Gloves off as Paris pollution dirties city’s mayoral debate

Candidates to become the next mayor of the French capital have seized on row over pollution to try to score points over opponents.

Thousands fined as Paris curbs car use for a day

Around 4,000 motorists faced on-the-spot fines for defying curbs on car use as pollution eased in French capital.

Parisians driven to revolt by car ban in fight against pollution

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.

France to limit vehicle use in Paris amid soaring pollution

System in which vehicle use is restricted to alternate days depending on licence plate numbers comes into effect in Paris area on Monday morning.

Dealing with it – a glimpse inside the world of carers in France and those they care for

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Paris offers free weekend transport due to high pollution

Official says public transport will be free until Sunday evening due to 'significant risks to the health of residents' as pollution continues.

Paris beats London...says France

France’s regional tourism body declares that Paris has knocked London off the top spot for the world’s most popular city.

Parisians enjoy sun and record spring temperatures

Temperatures in the French capital reached 21.6 degrees Celsius, beating the 1880 record of 20.7 degrees Celsius, according to Meteo France.

Slumlords profit from high Paris property rental prices

Across the French capital, rated one of the most expensive to live in worldwide, examples abound of illegal rentals of cupboard-space lodgings.

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

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

Paris police hid 16,000 crimes from records

Official auditors discovered the cover up which they said was 'organised, systematic' under the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy.