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Marion Marechal-Le Pen, the grand-daughter of France's Front National founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen, is to replace him as candidate in regional elections later this year. Her run is on the proviso that she does so alone and without any other candidates loyal to her grand-father.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and President Barack Obama will discuss the fight against Islamic State on Tuesday at a White House meeting likely to be dominated by Iraqi requests for U.S. arms and tension over Iran's role on the battlefield.
Foreign ministers from France Ukraine Germany and Russia have met in Berlin to try and preserve a fragile ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. The Minsk peace deal was not only supposed to usher in a truce but it is also expected to provide a framework for a political solution.
The authorities in Moscow are astonished by U.S. President Barack Obama's claim that the decision to declare Kosovo independence was taken in a referendum held with the approval of the United Nations and neighbouring countries.