Passengers form a queue at an Air France ticketing counter at the Nice Cote d’Azur international airport. The pilots strike cost an estimated €300 million, without counting damage to the tourism sector. Photograph: Patrice Masante/Reuters

A two-week strike by pilots cost €300m – and years of progress

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy waves to reporters on Sunday as he leaves France Television headquarters in Paris after announcing his political comeback. Photograph: AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere

A corruption investigation is suspended but other cases threaten Sarkozy’s political comeback

A frame grab from a video released by Jund al-Khilafah, an affiliate of Islamic State, on Tuesday purportedly showing Hervé Gourdel with an armed captor in Algeria.

Hervé Gourdel slain ‘because he was French’, writes Lara Marlowe

John Banville, ‘the Proust of Ireland’, pictured in Dublin in 2002. “His prose is very dense, and he goes out in a peculiar way; to observe people.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

French writer Hadrien Laroche was inspired by four years in Dublin

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy leaves a Paris restaurant last Friday, the day he announced on his Facebook page that he is a candidate for the leadership of the conservative UMP party, which will elect its new president on November 29th. Photograph: Reuters/Charles Platiau

Former president says he cannot ignore the suffering of his compatriots

A handout photo made available by the French Army  shows two ‘Rafale’ fighter jets during a mission at an unspecified location over Iraq

President Obama says Paris is a ‘solid partner in fight against terrorism’

French president François Hollande during  a news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris where he outlined plans for the rest of his five-year term. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

French president admits ‘other countries’ paid ransom for French hostages

French prime minister Manuel Valls addresses  the National Assembly in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/PA

Vote of confidence fails to dispel sense of crisis in French politics

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards Zummar, controlled by Islamic State, near Mosul in Iraq yesterday. Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah

Military aid promised to Iraq at Paris conference for conflict with jihadists

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