Lucinda Creighton: Spiralling crime and unrest in France offers a grim opportunity for Marine Le Pen

The far-right leader, who is strongly playing the law-and-order card, is poised to reap the benefits of Macron’s apparent loss of control of the streets

A Marine Le Pen victory is likely in 2027 if Macron’s government does not connect with the electorate, according to his own Minister for Interior

Something strange is going on in France. It has been for some time. While our eyes are glued to the unfolding magic that characterises the Rugby World Cup, with those of us not travelling enviously muting the social media accounts of friends posing in front of the Eiffel Tower, there is, sadly, a sinister undercurrent to the occasion. France always evokes thoughts of romance, terrific cuisine and the best wine in the world, yet stories ...