Detail from Dance at Bougival (1883) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Copyright Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The collection of Impressionism’s earliest patron is the basis of a major new exhibition in Paris

Éric Zemmour: the success of his book is widely interpreted as evidence that the National Front’s ideas have penetrated mainstream society. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Éric Zemmour’s ‘The French Suicide’ attacks feminism, immigrants and ‘the gay lobby’

Sophie de Menthon with Emmanuel Macron: “What I did for four years in the private sector is very useful for what I am doing today.”

Media has dubbed economy minister ‘the child prodigy’ – but can he deliver?

Anne Sinclair. Photograph: Joshua Roberts  / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Review: The ex-wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn chronicles the Nazis’ mass theft of her family’s art treasures

Martine Aubry of the French Socialist Party  “It’s not too late to succeed, on condition we take the right path for the next two years.”   Photograph: Samuel Dietz/Getty Images

An influential voice on the left, Aubry worsens François Hollande’s predicament

Economy minister Emmanuel Macron speaking with ecology minister Ségolène Royal, who had caved in to pressure from lorry drivers. Photograph:  Charles Platiau/Reuters

European partners losing patience with Paris over refusal to make deeper cuts

Peter Englund of the Swedish Academy steps out of his office yesterday to announce France’s  Patrick Modiano as the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/Reuters

Novelist Patrick Modiano tugs at the threads of memory, writes Lara Marlowe

President Obama had asked Turkey’s president Tayyip Erdogan to do more when they met  at the September Nato summit in Wales. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Obama administration ‘frustrated’ by Erdogan’s lack of action

Turkish Kurds on the outskirts of Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, watch smoke rise following an air strike in the Syrian town of Kobani, where fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish forces intensified yesterday. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP Photo

Analysis: air strikes have failed and a daring realpolitik strategy remains unlikely

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