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    President Francois Hollande and his Socialist government have suffered a crushing defeat in local elections. The government has lost control of around 150 large towns, mostly to the right. And the far-right  National Front will be in charge of at least two large cities. Prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who has led the French cabinet since the left came to power in 2012, has already resigned. President Hollande now faces a struggle to re-establish his political credibility. The London Independent’s John Lichfield joined Sean from Paris.


    French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler has been admitted to hospital after media reports of an alleged affair involving President Francois Hollande. She entered hospital on Friday for what her office called "rest and some tests", after Closer magazine published images linking the president to actress Julie Gayet. Mr Hollande did not deny the report but protested at invasion of his privacy. The London Independent’s John Lichfield spoke to Sean this morning.


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