Late priest Fr Jacques Hamel celebrating a Mass on in the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy. The 84-year-old was killed onTuesday. Photograph: AFP/Paroisse Saint-Étienne-Du-Rouvray

Several people were taken hostage during a morning Mass in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray in northern France

 French policewoman Sandra Bertin  attends  a wreath-laying ceremony  in tribute to the victims of the attack of July 14th in Nice: Ms Bertin has claimed the interior ministry pressured her to alter a report into security on the day of the attack. Photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Policewoman claims she was told to alter report about police presence on July 14th

Christine Lagarde, director of the International Monetary Fund, will be tried by a panel of six deputies from the National Assembly, six senators and three magistrates. If convicted, she could in theory be sentenced to up to a year in prison and a €15,000 fine. Photograph:  EPA

Sarkozy alleged to have put pressure on Lagarde to approve award for Bernard Tapie

Theresa May and François Hollande at the Élysée Palace yesterday. The British prime minister said it will take time to prepare for Brexit negotiations. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Brexiteers’ possible strategy: play France and Germany off each other

People walk past flowers left in tribute at a makeshift memorial to the victims of the Bastille Day truck attack near the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. Photograph: Reuters

Five to be arraigned in connection with complicity in a terrorist undertaking

French President Francois Hollande  shares Mr Kenny’s belief in liberal economic policies, but has encountered great difficulty putting them into practice in France. Photograph:  Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit, the Easter Rising and Irish in France during first World War also on agenda

John Montague:   got married at Nice town hall in 2005 and spends much of the year there. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

John Montague and Elizabeth Wassell are heartbroken over the attack in Nice

French soldiers patrol the Promenade des Anglais in the French riviera city of Nice on Tuesday after the deadly attack on Bastille day killed 84 people. Photograph: Olivier Anrigo/EPA

Country to vote on extending state of emergency after man stabs mother and daughters

Public anger flared at noon yesterday, when the prime minister, Manuel Valls, attended a ceremony on the Promenade des Anglais, near  where Laouaiej-Bouhlel was killed by police. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Inquiry advances as prosecutor says Laouaiej-Bouhlel not a practising Muslim

A French flag flies among the crowd as people applaud in front of the Monument du Centenaire during a minute of silence on the third day of national mourning to pay tribute to victims of the truck attack along the Promenade des Anglais on Bastille Day that killed scores and injured as many in Nice, France. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol / Reuters

‘The terrorists want to divide us, and the politicians are doing it for them’

Killian Khalfallah, one of the victims of the Nice terror attack. Photograph: Twitter

Families remember those killed in the Bastille Day truck assault in the French city

French soldiers patrol on the  Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southern France,  days after a truck mowed through revellers. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP Photo

Six people have been placed in custody in connection with Bastille Day massacre

People stand around a makeshift memorial near the Promenade des Anglais, where 84 people were killed by a truck on July 14th. Photograph: Dmitry Kostyukov/The New York Times

‘Incomprehension, stupefaction, silence and fear’ tempered with ‘a sense of togetherness’

A reproduction of the residence permit of Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, the man who rammed his truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice on July 14th.

Islamic State claimed Mohamed Laouaiej-Bouhlel as one of its ‘soldiers’

People pay tribute to the victims of the July 14th terrorist attack in Nice at a memorial place in front of the French embassy in Moscow, Russia. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/EPA

Nice survivors struggle to adjust to reality in the aftermath of the Bastille Day attack

A  memorial near the Promenade des Anglais the day after a truck was driven through a Nice crowd on  Bastille Day  killing 84. Photograph: Dmitry Kostyukov/The New York Times

Hollande caught between allegations of too much and too little action

A picture taken on Friday shows forensics officers and policemen examining a truck on the Promenade des Anglais seafront in the French Riviera town of Nice, after it drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display killing more than 80 people. Photograph: AFP

'It shouldn’t have happened. On the best of days, you wouldn’t be able to drive anything that size down the promenade'

A woman places a bouquet of flowers with others to pay tribute to victims near the scene where a truck ran into a crowd killing more than 80 people who were celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Irish man among 200 injured, 50 of whom are critical, after lorry ran into crowd

Police officers stand near a van, with its windscreen riddled with bullets, which  ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice on Thursday night. Dozens are feared dead and over 100 others were injured. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Driver shot dead as France opens terrorism inquiry into attack that left at least 50 others injured

Two of the most stunning security lapses concern the flight of Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the November 13th massacre that killed 130 people. Photograph: AP

Parliamentary inquiry finds security agencies need a radical overhaul to fight jihadism

Prime Minister Manuel Valls told  the annual meeting of the financial lobby Europlace: “We want Paris to become the leading financial centre in Europe.”

French officials know they are fighting an uphill battle as taxes and social charges remain among the highest in Europe

 Republic of Ireland supporter Jamie Monaghan, from Togher, Co Louth, and Northern Ireland supporter Jim Spratt who were selected to accept the prestigious ‘Médaille de la Ville de Paris’ from the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, which has been awarded to Irish fans for their ‘exemplary behaviour’ at Euro 2016. Photograph:  Gwendoline le Goff/Uefa via Sportsfile.

Republic and North groups given medals for ‘exemplary behaviour’ during Euro 2016

France Telecom employees demonstrating in Strasbourg, eastern France, in 2009. In all, 60 France Télécom employees took their own lives, including 35 in 2008 and 2009. Photograph:  Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images)

Executives behind brutal jobs cuts programme may face criminal charges after dozens of deaths

David Hunt jailed for eight months in Europe’s largest prison, Fleury-Mérogis

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo next to the Euro 2016 trophy in Paris. Photograph: Frederic Stevens/Getty Images

‘You can be proud, because the Euros aren’t over yet, and you’ve already won’

Michel Rocard: French president François  Hollande called him “a great figure of the republic and the left”. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Politicians of all hues used Michel Rocard’s death to justify their positions

Members of the British Army’s  Kings Troop, Royal Horse Artillery at the Thiepval Memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme on Friday. Photograph: Stephane De Sakutin/EPA

David Cameron, François Hollande, Michael D Higgins and Prince Charles lead tributes

Members of the cast: The Abbey Theatre performs iconic Frank McGuinness play at the Ulster Memorial Tower in Thiepval (Northern France) as part of the official centenary commemorations of the Battle of the Somme. Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme is on tour in Northern Ireland in July before arriving at the Abbey Theatre in August.

Seminal play performed in location where playwright Frank McGuinness set drama

French president François Hollande arriving at the EU Summit in Brussels on June 28th. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

President François Hollande said ‘France wanted Europe . . . she built Europe’

French president Francois Hollande Mr Hollande tried to reassure the French that co-operation with Britain would continue “on the economic, human and cultural level”. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Call for ‘French-German engine’ to deal with fallout of result that ‘seriously tests Europe’

A woman reacts as she holds roses in front of French gendarmes and police during a demonstration against plans to reform French labour laws near the Place de la Bastille square in Paris. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

Tight security in place as 2,000 officers in riot gear deployed for march through Paris

A visitor takes a photograph of a Buaku Japanese mask  from traditional Kyogen comic theatre, on  display at an  exhibition, Jacques Chirac or the Dialogue of Cultures, being held  at the Musée du Quai Branly  in Paris, France. The major exhibition is devoted to Chirac, the former French president and   Quai Branly museum founder, who is passionate about non-European arts and different civilisations. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

Musée du Quai Branly rechristened in his name to reflect his respect for ‘distant arts’

Court sketch shows Fabienne Kabou (39) speaking during the first day of her trial at the Assize Court, in Saint-Omer. Photograph: Benoit Peyrucq/AFP/Getty Images

Fabienne Kabou tells court she killed her daughter ‘because it was simpler that way’

A man clad in a Darth Vader mask wields smoke flares during a demonstration against the French government’s planned labour law reforms in Marseille, earlier in June. Photograph: Getty Images

Attack on Necker children’s hospital dismays authorities and alienates public opionion

French police commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and administrative agent Jessica Schneider who were killed by Larossi Abballa. Photograph: Kamil Zihnioglu/Reuters

Country faces complex question about what to do with known jihadists after latest incident

 François Hollande  during the opening of the international anti-corruption practitioner conference at the OECD in Paris  yesterday. Photograph: Francois Guillot/Reuters

The 80th anniversary of the ‘Front populaire’ is an embarrassment to the ruling socialists

A resident gives flowers to police officers  at a security perimeter near a house where a French police officer and his wife have been murdered. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

French jihadist killed a police officer and his partner at their Magnanville home

A protester runs from the scene as others duck behind a toppled garbage container as they protect themselves from water cannon used by riot police to disperse the crowd during a demonstration against labour law reform in Paris. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

Total of 26 injured in skirmishes between police officers and demonstrators

Larossi Abballa (25) killed police commandant Jean-Baptiste Salvaing (42), and his partner, Jessica Schnieder (36).

List of targets found in double-killer Larossi Abballa’s home, says Paris prosecutor

Football fans arrive several hours prior to the start of the Euro 2016 match between France and Romania at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Supporters feel threat is ‘always in back of your mind’ but enjoy themselves regardless

The fan zone in Marseille. “The Euro must be a beautiful, popular fête. It’s important for the image of France and the pride of the French.” Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Euro 2016 starts as rubbish piles up on streets of Paris

France PM Manuel Valls said a strike by train drivers had become “incomprehesible” while CGT chief Philippe Martinez addresses a rally in Fougeres, western France. Photographs: Getty Images

Industrial action goes down to the wire, just days before football tournament kicks off

Life in a war zone: wounded children at a clinic in Douma. Photograph: Abd Doumany/AFP/Getty

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Front, François Hollande, Jean-Marc Ayrault, John Kerry and Federica Mogherini, as well Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan (2nd right, 2nd row), in Paris in a bid to revive the Middle East peace process. Photograph: Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Palestinians welcome initiative as Israeli foreign ministry predicts ambitious plan will fail

French prime minister Manuel Valls.  Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

French prime minister tells Euro 2016 travellers to ‘come by plane, by car, by train’

French police stand in front of CGT union members during a protest at a factory in Saint Amand les Eaux, northern France. Photograph: AFP Photo

France has adopted strategy to prevent a ‘coagulation’ of discontent that could disrupt Euro 2016

A court sketch shows suspected jihadists, facing charges of criminal association with a view to commit acts of terrorism, during their trial in a Paris courthouse on Monday. Photograph: Benoit Peyrucq/AFP/Getty Images

Defendants say they had nothing to do with Paris rampage that killed 130 in November

Detail from Woman in a Blue Dress, Seated (1918-1919). Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Whether or not Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani was 'worth two Picassos', his style is certainly unique and widely accessible

 German chancellor Angela Merkel  and French president Francois Hollande light an eternal flame inside the ossuary at Douaumont cemetery in memory of the 130,000 soldiers whose remains are buried at the site during ceremonies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Verdun near Verdun, France on Sunday. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Ceremony marks charnel house fight that killed 300,000 French and Germans

People bang a plastic bin as they hold a placard reading “We are millions” and a flag of the French union-trade General Confederation of Labour (CGT) during a protest against the government’s labour law reforms in Rennes on Thursday. A wave of industrial action against labour reforms is rocking France. Photograph: Jean-Francois Monier/AFP/Getty

Force ouvriere calls for all-out strike for transport and waste disposal on match days

 Riot police charge protesters amid a clouds of tear gas during a demonstration in Paris, France,  May 26th, 2016. The demonstration took  place as part of widespread protests against the French government’s labour reform project. Photograph: Jeremy Lempin/EPA

Difficult to see how tournament can go ahead if strikes, protests and shortages continue

Secretary-general of the Confédération Générale de Travail (CGT) Philippe Martinez: until the present crisis, he was virtually unknown. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Leader of communist CGT ‘wants to bring France to its knees’, according to ‘Le Figaro’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: said the proposed period for the Dáil to rise is “too early and it is too long”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

As the Dáil is set to get about three months holidays, we look at the norm in other jurisdictions

People pass a security check at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris yesterday, where the French Open is being played. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

France reveals 90,000-strong security force for tournament amid fears of attacks

Workers on strike block the access to the harbour of Saint-Nazaire, western france. Photograph: Getty Images

Trade unions railing against new labour laws employing more drastic protest measures

Bardo massacre: Moncef Ben Moussa, the museum’s director. Photograph: Emeric Fohlen/NurPhoto via Getty

Visitor numbers at Tunisia’s famous Bardo museum collapsed after the jihadist massacre in March 2015. It’s what the terrorists wan(...)

An Egyptian Defence Ministry  search  for missing EgyptAir flight MS804  off the Egyptian coast, north of Alexandria. Photograph:  Egyptian Defence Ministry/EPA

If aircraft downed by Islamists, the jihadists are tardy in claiming credit for grisly crime

French police  at Charles de Gaulle airport: The crash of the EgyptAir flight coincided with the extension of France’s state of emergency for the third time since the November 13th, 2015, attacks that killed 130 people. Photograph: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

French and Egyptian leaders vow close co-operation after 66 die over Mediterranean

Families of passengers on the EgyptAir plane that vanished en route from Paris wait at Cairo Airport. Photograph: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

French and Egyptian officials suspect terrorism amid confusion over debris

The Egyptair Airbus 320, which disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean on Thursday pictured in Vienna, Austria, in August last year. Photograph: Thomas Ranner/Reuters

Greek authorities say no aircraft wreckage found despite airline's earlier claims

Jean-Pierre Filiu disagrees with Barack Obama’s refusal to intervene in Syria because the US did not know who would replace Assad. Photograph: James Leynse

Expert says talk of dictators and jihadists overlooks the people’s rights

Abdelhamid Abaaoud: the presumed mastermind behind the Paris attacks said he was able to return to Syria from Europe despite being pursued by intelligence agencies. Photograph: AP

France tried to arrest or kill Islamic State terrorist before he struck

Protesters clash with police in Nantes on Tuesday during a demonstration against the use of the French constitution’s article 49,3 allowing the government to bypass parliament and force through labour reforms. Photograph: AFP Photo/Jean-Sebastien Evrard

Spectre of French government falling recedes after left-wing rebels fail to muster sufficient numbers

A demonstrator holds a board reading  “The temperature rises” during a protest in front of the National Assembly in Paris: Prime minister Manuel   Valls pleaded with a socialist group meeting before asking the cabinet to authorise use of article 49.3 of the constitution. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Unpopular changes to be forced through parliament in move that could sink government

 Denis Baupin: Female officials from the green party EELV told the investigative website Mediapart and France Inter radio station he had assaulted or harassed them. Photograph: Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP/Getty Images

EELV member Denis Baupin accused of sexual aggression and harassment

French prime minister Manuel Valls: Spoke of the necessity of “preparing the population for a threat which, let there be no doubt, will strike again”. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Initiative adds weight to existing policy on deradicalisation centres in country’s regions

An activist shouts slogans in front of French gendarmes during a demonstration in Paris yesterday against the labour law proposal. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

Opposition to the law from left and right is a sign of broader dissatisfaction

Masterworks: Detail from ‘Skylark’ by Pál Szinyei Merse

A beautifully curated exhibition in Paris showcases masterworks with a Hungarian edge

Smoke pours from the  World Trade Center in New York after it was struck by two planes during  the September 11th attacks in 2001: 15 of the 19 people involved in the attacks were Saudi citizens. Photograph: David Surowiecki/Getty Images

US may declassify 28 secret pages that could help explain attacks that killed nearly 3,000

Salah Abdeslam has been transferred from Belgium’s Beveren prison to Fleury-Mérogis, 30km outside Paris. Photograph: Tvbrussels via AP

Salah Abdeslam has ‘real desire to explain the facts, and how he was radicalised’

French president Francois Hollande visits the French industrial group DCNS headquarters in Paris, yesterday. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Hollande praises deal set to create nearly 7,000 jobs in partnered countries

Anti-nuclear activists   on the “Europe” bridge between Kehl, southwestern Germany, and Strasbourg, eastern France, remember the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Safety authority chief Chevet warns France is wrong to think accidents only happen to others

 Investigative journalists this month revealed an institution that is at the same time penny-pinching and profligate, worm-eaten by privilege, political favouritism and impunity. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Paris Letter: Favouritism and stealing are among antics uncovered by journalists

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who preside the conference on the Israeli-Palestininian conflict in Paris on May 30th said: “The parties are further apart than ever.” Photograph:  John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

France hopes to involve Israel and Palestine in an autumn ‘peace congress’ in Paris

 Leonardo DiCaprio is applauded by François Hollande and Ban Ki-moon at the UN. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP

Leaders of main polluter nations absent from signing of Paris accord in New York

French president François Hollande: a strong majority of voters want neither him  nor his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy to be candidates next year but both fight on. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

Left and right: Juppé, Macron and Le Pen in lead a year before vote to succeed Hollande

French  police officers, military personnel and rescue helpers attend an exercise simulating a chemical terrorist attack in view of the Uefa Euro 2016 soccer championship  in Toulouse, southern France. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

French forces plan anti-terrorism measures in the wake of last year’s jihadist attacks

French prime minister Manuel Valls: Mr Valls said he plans to  ‘simplify and harmonise benefits very quickly, because complexity creates inequality’. Photograph: Alain Jocardalain/AFP/Getty Images

Plan to simplify process and extend payments to young people is welcomed

 French president François Hollande  visits a factory in Venette on Friday. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty

Street protests continue outside venue of French president’s two-hour appearance

Masked Palestinian Hamas militants watch the televised speech of US President Barack Obama in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip in 2009. AP Photo/Eyad Baba

Hopes for a free and democratic Arab world have drowned in the blood of 470,000 dead Syrians

 An activist clutching a suitcase stuffed with fake money demands greater transparency in new legislation following the  Panama Papers  in Berlin, Germany. File photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Image

International representatives meet at OECD to discuss response to controversy

A detail of a painting entitled “Judith Beheading Holofernes” pictured during its presentation in Paris on Tuesday. It is widely believed to have been painted by the Italian master Caravaggio. Photograph:  Charles Platiau/Reuters

The 400-year-old artwork was discovered in a property in the outskirts of Toulouse

Emmanuel Macron: Both “Libération” and “Le Figaro” devoted four pages to him in their Friday editions. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

Emmanuel Macron’s star is rising in a France desperate for a new generation of leaders

Irish photographer John Minihan in Paris on Monday, 14th March, 2016, five days before his 70th birthday. Photograph: Andrew McLeish.

How Irishman John Minihan secured his place in history by photographing the writer in Paris

Muslims hold the French flag in the Great Mosque of Strasbourg on November 20th last year to pay tribute to the victims of the  Paris terror attacks. Photograph: Patrick  Hertzog/AFP

Government should have allowed French form of Islam to emerge, says expert

 Abdeslam Salah, who was arrested by Belgian police on Friday after months on the run. Nine days before the Paris attacks, Salah and his brother Brahim Abdeslam began taking martial arts courses, apparently in training for the massacre. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Lara Marlowe: Surviving perpetrator of Paris attacks had a reputation as a bon vivant

Hunger striker: an Iranian resident of the “Jungle” camp who has sewn his lips shut. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Life in the ‘Jungle’ is miserable for everybody, but for children and their parents it is often impossible

A migrant looks on as the migrant camp the “Jungle” is dismantled in Calais.  French authorities have asked the UK to take immediately several children who applied in Calais for asylum. Photograph: Thibault Vandermersch

Unaccompanied children who qualify to enter Britain wait in France for asylum

Collaboration and empathy: Geraldine Byrne Nason, Samantha Power, Sonya Hyland, Patricia O’Brien and Barbara Jones

Diplomacy, clear focus and long-term view help forge agreement and ambition

Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart (centre) and residents of Calais protest to urge the government to help their failing businesses and restore the image of the town affected by the migrant crisis. Photograph:  Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Demonstrators claim ‘The Jungle’ has caused business to decline by 30% to 40%

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French president François Hollande with German chancellor Angela Merkel  after their meeting at the Elysée Palace in Paris on March 4th. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

President Hollande attempts to repair damage from criticism of German policy

A makeshift shelter burns in the Jungle migrant camp in Calais, during the ongoing demolition of the camp’s southern half. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

France is so preoccupied with its own problems it will not address migrant crisis

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron and French president Francois Hollande arrive at the Musée de Picardie in Amiens for a joint press conference on Thursday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

French statements seen by some as way of shoring up British PM’s pro-EU position

Migrants and refugees stage a protest as demolition continues at the Calais migrant camp, known as the “Jungle”, in northern France. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Several thousand migrants and refugees see little hope as they are gradually driven out

“They didn’t tell us the truth about the dogs. If I’d known the dogs were dead, I wouldn’t have risked my life for €1,900. I wouldn’t have signed up. I’m not crazy”

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