France’s president Emmanuel Macron has promised to put digital taxation “at the top of the agenda” of the OECD ministerial conference next year. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Leaders to discuss eventual financial settlement with UK, citizens’ rights and Border

Inside the Louvre Abu Dhabi designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel

‘Starchitect’ Jean Nouvel discusses his design for the immense gallery

Irish diplomat Rory Montgomery: “We have to make the best of it. There will be positives as well. We now realise as a country that we have to do more, more quickly, of what we should do anyway.” Photograph: Conor McCabe

Enterprise Ireland’s Anne Lanigan sets out challenges at Embassy event

French former culture minister and newly elected head of Unesco Audrey Azoulay: she was chosen by the UN body’s 58-member executive council after five rounds of voting. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Selection of new Unesco director general was a diplomatic coup for French president

Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the far-left France Unbowed, who wants the European  flag replaced with the flag of the United Nations. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images

Mélenchon calls EU flag ‘sectarian emblem’ symbolising Christian origins

French president Emmanuel Macron speaking in Frankfurt.  Mr Macron said  EU engagement with Catalonia would set a dangerous precedent. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

French president says he will not interfere in Spanish internal affairs

French strike: students demonstrate with public-sector workers on Tuesday. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Paris keen to keep opponents divided as unions mount lacklustre strike

Emmanuel Macron: Negative reaction over latest remark has snowballed into endless denunciations and front-page headlines. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Entire opposition accuses French president of ‘class contempt’ over latest gaffe

Thomas Klotz, French lawyer for Christine Rivière, a radicalised mother known as “Granny Jihad”. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

French woman Christine Rivière (51) converted due to ‘fusional relationship’ with son

 Zoulikha Aziri, mother of Mohamed Merah, angered civil plaintiffs by blowing a kiss to her son in the court. Photograph:   Martin Bureau/Getty Images

Attacker's brother charged with complicity over the killing spree that left seven dead

French police and soldier secure a street near the Saint-Charles train station  in Marseilles. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Attacker who was known to police shot dead at main train station in French city

In a recent poll, 53 per cent said Macron’s economic policies benefit the rich most. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

The tag ‘président des riches’ has stuck in a country that invented the guillotine

Franco-Italian summit: Emmanuel Macron reviews an honour guard in Lyons. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Pool/EPA

The French president is now seemingly unstoppable on the international stage

French president Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech at the Sorbonne in Paris. By 2024, he wants  every student to speak at least two European languages. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Reuters

French president say that UK ‘may, if it wishes, return to its place’ in Europe

Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech on the European Union at the Sorbonne University on in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Strong appeal for convergence on corporate tax rates will raise alarm bells in Dublin

Lebanon’s president, Michel Aoun, attends an official funeral ceremony for Lebanese soldiers killed in Islamic State captivity. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

Former ‘mad general’ Michel Aoun has come to symbolise Lebanese co-existence to some

Marine Le Pen, French National Front leader, flanked by former vice-president Florian Philippot. Photograph: Charles Platiau/File Photo/Reuters

The vice-president of the far-right party was architect of party’s ‘dédiabolisation’ strategy

French president Emmanuel Macron signs documents to promulgate a new labour bill at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images

President lowers sights from 90 to 50 seats, which could endanger his constitutional plans

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron shake hands after a meeting of EU leaders in Berlin. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

For Merkel, ‘Macron arrived just in time, like Zorro’, says chancellor’s biographer

In an allusion to Donald Trump, Emmanuel  Macron said: “While some would like to stop, we must continue to advance, to go farther. Because global warming does not stop.” Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

American president emphasises US first, French president praises multilateralism

Hurricane Irma: President Macron on his way to St Martin and St Bart on Tuesday. Photograph: Christophe Ena/pool/EPA

Paris Letter: The French are struggling to make sense of their president

Workers demonstrate in Marseille, southern France, against changes to labour laws. Photograph: AP Photo/Claude Paris

Emmanuel Macron’s plans to change the labour code is not democratic, say opponents

Demonstrators gather in front of the war memorial in Toulouse to protest against French labour law reform. Photograph: Eric Cabanis/AFP/Getty Images

French president denounces labour reform critics as ‘slackers’ ahead of mass rallies

French president Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech on the Pnyx hill in Athens on September 7th, 2017, as part of his two-day official visit to Greece. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Major Athens speech: Emmanuel Macron urges critique of last 12 years of EU history

A house reduced to rubble on the French-administered territory of St Bart, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Photograph: Quentin Liou/AFP/Getty Images

Four dead and at least 50 injured as French president Macron promises to visit region

Emmanuel Macron: the right sees him as interventionist while the left portrays him as the “president of the rich”. Photograph: Étienne Laurent/pool/EPA

President’s work and housing reform plans raise hackles on left and right alike

Virginie Calmels and Laurent Wauquiez. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Hard right leader Laurent Wauquiez poised to take over conservative Les Républicains

French poet Charles Baudelaire, who died 150 years ago this week. File photograph: Étienne Carjat/Getty Images

The poet, who died 150 years ago this week, retains significant influence and allure

A placard with a black ribbon is brandished on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, following the recent terror attack on the street. Photograph: Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty

Isis’s virtual planners are using social media to compel ‘lone wolves’ to commit atrocities

Brigitte Macron: ‘We have breakfast together, me with my wrinkles, him with his freshness.’  Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

In an ‘Elle’ magazine spread, France’s first lady expounds on her unusual marriage

 Emmanuel Macron: he claims to be “neither left nor right”. Photograph:  Getty Images

French president wants to turn the euro zone into a more integrated body

A woman is evacuated from the Bataclan theatre after the terror attack in Paris on November 13th, 2015. Photograph: Thibault Camus/AP

At least 223 French people charged and imprisoned on returning from the war zone

Emmanuel Macron’s plummeting popularity results largely from his determination to comply with the EU’s 3% cap on deficit spending. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

With tumbling approval ratings, France’s president has experienced an unprecedented fall

Police work near the scene where French soliders were hit and injured by a vehicle in the western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, France, August 9, 2017. Photograph: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Suspect seriously injured during arrest after BMW earlier drove into soldiers in capital

  Brigitte  and Emmanuel Macron: Ms Macron is waiting for her situation to be clarified, as her husband promised during his presidential campaign. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

President may be torn between promise to define a role for his wife and public opinion

Irish painter Brian Maguire stands beside one of his paintings of devastated eastern Aleppo, after it was reconquered by Syrian government forces.

‘The Irish painter Brian Maguire’s giant canvases of eastern Aleppo are so real one feels one could walk into these streets of dev(...)

Somebody tries to revive a man who overdosed on heroin in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, a hub for heroin addicts. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Policymakers warned of threat after opiate addiction kills more than half a million in US

Jeanne Moreau in New York, March, 2003. Photograph: Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

Paris Letter: France mourns Jeanne Moreau, an actor of fierce intelligence

Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu and French president Emmanuel Macron react after making a joint declaration at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on Sunday. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/EPA

French president tells Israeli PM ‘anti-zionism is the reinvented form of anti-Semitism’

French president Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with US president Donald Trump, next to Melania Trump, during the Bastille Day military parade in Paris. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

Not even the US president’s comment about Macron’s wife’s body could dent the affair

Bonhomie: President Trump and President Macron in Paris on Thursday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Analysis: The showy bonhomie between the two presidents isn’t quite convincing

US president Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron review troops during an arrival ceremony at Les Invalides, in Paris. Photograph:  Stephen Crowley

US president faces questions over Russia controversy during visit to France

T	wo Irish women are understood to have been injured in a crash in the in the Beaumont-en-Auge region (marked with red flag) in France. Image: Google Maps

Eight people injured in two-car crash in Normandy, local media reports say

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA.

The Minister says he is in talks on how Ireland can support French initiatives in the EU

French president Emmanuel Macron pays his respects to the late French politician Simone Veil, Holocaust survivor and pro-choice campaigner. Photograph: Retuers/Michel Euler

Holocaust survivor and first woman cabinet minister Simone Veil died last month

French prime minister Édouard Philippe delivers a speech at the National Assembly in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Édouard Philippe calls for ‘effort and courage’ in a no-nonsense policy speech

French far-right Front National (FN) party’s Member of Parliament Marine Le Pen speaks to  the press after French president Emmanuel Macron gave a speech during a special congress gathering both houses of parliament (National Assembly and Senate) in the palace of Versailles, outside Paris, on July 3rd, 2017. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Europe’s Future: Despite setbacks, disillusioned millions still swell populist movements

Emmanuel Macron walks through the Galerie des Bustes  at the Château de Versailles on his way to address the joint houses of the French parliament, on Monday. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/Reuters

French president emphasises Europe and fighting exclusion in first major address

Emmanuel Macron’s official portrait. “He seems to be saying, ‘Over my dead body,’” observes a former cabinet minister. Photograph: Soazig de la Moissonniere

France’s youngest leader since Napoleon is being accused of monarchical drift

British prime minister Theresa May at the Élysée Palace in Paris with French president Emmanuel Macron. Photograph: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

Macron determined Brexit negotiations will not sidetrack his plan to relaunch Europe

French president Emmanuel Macron (centre) at a cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace: “The US loves freedom as much as we do. But they don’t share our taste for justice.” Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/Reuters

French president wants to ‘find the thread’ of European history to stop the rise of extremes

French president Emmanuel Macron  speaks with foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian: Mr Macron has achieved his goal of splitting the conservatives. Photograph: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty

French president plunged into first government crisis as four ministers step down

A rescue team work  near the wreckage of a burnt-out van following a crash on the A16 motorway, near Calais, northern France on Tuesday. The driver was killed. Photograph: Guy Drollet/EPA

Van hits barrier and catches fire, as aid bodies face growing hostility to migrants

French president Emmanuel Macron: has built his victories on French rejection of their political class. But he has not entirely transformed that rejection into support for his programme. Photograph: Michel Euler/AFP/Getty

French president has made impressive start but big challenge is to motivate jaded voters

Police seal off Paris’s Champs-Élysées avenue. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Radicalised French Muslim (31) dead following incident on the Champs-Élysées

Emmanuel Macron  leaves his house to vote in Le Touquet, northern France, during the second round of the parliamentary elections, on Sunday. AFP Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Level of abstention breaks all records as 58 per cent of electorate fail to vote

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe: pay rise of 6-7 per cent between 2018 and 2020 “offers the best way of being fair to our public servants”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Increased spending on infrastructure a top priority, says Minister for Finance

Gregory Villemin, who was found dead in the Vologne river in October 1984, with his feet and hands bound. Photograph: handout via Reuters

French prosecutors near a conclusion over the murder of a four-year-old boy in 1984

French president Emmanuel Macron  and British prime minister Theresa May:  aim “to strengthen the commitments and obligations of internet operators to delete any content promoting hatred and terrorism”.  Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

French and British leaders meet in Paris and vow to curtail social media use by jihadists

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) Woman Writing a Letter with her Maid, c.1670-71 Oil on canvas, 72.2 x 59.7 cm National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

Agreement with the Louvre and National Gallery in Washington will see 10 Vermeers will be unveiled in Dublin

Socialists’ downfall: Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, the party’s secretary general, was among the electoral losers. Photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty

The party of Mitterrand and Jaurès is set to lose 90% of its nearly 300 seats

French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux cast their ballots at their polling station in the first round of the French legislatives elections in Le Touquet, northern France. Photograph:  Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

French president’s movement takes 32% of vote in first round marred by record abstention

Emmanuel Macron: support for the president has amplified since the first round of the presidential election on April 23rd, while his opponents have lost much ground. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

President’s La République En Marche poised to win absolute majority in elections

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan attributed current dynamics to “a lack of supply”. Photograph: The Irish Times

‘We need to build a lot more houses for all the young people who are founding families’

French president Emmanuel Macron spoke live on TV: paraphrasing Donald Trump, he said it was time for the US, French and allies to “make our planet great again”. Photograph: John Schults

France unanimous in condemnation of US president’s ‘shamefully wrong error’

 French president Emmanuel Macron with  British prime minister Theresa May and US president Donald Trump at the G7 summit in Sicily. Macron has received praise internationally for his dealings with foreign leaders. Photograph:  Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

New president has sent the country’s morale soaring – but he must turn words into action

French president Emmanuel Macron and Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Palace of Versailles: Media close to Mr Putin led a vicious campaign against Mr Macron in the run-up to the  French  election. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty

French and Russian leaders spar over Ukraine, Le Pen and chemical weapon use

President Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron watch an flying squadron during the G7 Summit in Sicily,  on Friday. Photograph: Stephane De Sakutin/Reuters

US president unlikely to take final decision on Paris Agreement before returning to Washington

French president Emmanuel Macron’s main priority in meeting Donald Trump is “to reaffirm the cohesion, unity and solidity” of Nato, an adviser said. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Macron to resist attempts to designate Nato as full partner in fight against Islamic State

French president Emmanuel Macron and prime minister Edouard Philippe on their way to sign a book of condolences at the British embassy  in Paris for the 22 people killed in the Manchester terrorist attack. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/AFP/Getty Images

Move to tackle trade unions represents the first major test of Macron’s presidency

People standing outside the Olympia concert venue in Paris, a few hours before   90 people were gunned down  18 months ago. The Bataclan and Manchester attacks both targeted concerts by US performers in Europe: the Eagles of Death Metal at the Bataclan, Ariana Grande in Manchester. Photograph: Joel Saget/Getty Images

Mayors of Paris and Nice among first to express sympathy

France’s prime minister Edouard Philippe looks set to achieve his aim of securing a majority of seats in the National Assembly for new president Emmanuel Macron’s party, La République En Marche. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

Next month’s vote appears likely to result in young, inexperienced assembly

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National (FN) party, and Steeve Briois, mayor of Hénin-Beaumont,  where Ms Le Pen was campaigning in her bid to  win a seat in the National Assembly in legislative elections on June 11th and 18th. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Front National leader acknowledges missteps in presidential battle with Macron

Sibeth Ndiaye: Emmanuel Macron relies on the 37-year-old bundle of energy who stands out among the geeks and hipsters who dominate his entourage. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

French president’s Senegalese-born press secretary Sibeth Ndiaye plays vital public role

French centrist politician Francois Bayrou arriving at the Élysée Palace on Sunday. Bayrou has been named justice minister, the  fourth-ranking position in the French government. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Men and women, politics and civil society get equal billing in new French government

French president Emmanuel Macron received a warm welcome in Berlin from German chancellor Angela Merkel. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Even before French president arrived in Berlin, Angela Merkel reiterated support

 French President Emmanuel Macron during his formal inauguration ceremony  in the  Elysee presidential Palace. Photograph: Francois Mori/AFP/Getty Images

Following ceremony at the Élysée Palace, France has its new president – and first lady

A horse rears as France’s new president Emmanuel Macron parades in a car on the Champs-Élysées after his formal inauguration ceremony in Paris on Sunday. Photograph: Michel Euler/AFP/Getty Images

Newly elected president says he will restore France’s self-confidence and embrace future

Richard Ferrand, general secretary of the political movement, La Republique En Marche, gives a press conference in Paris on Thursday about the party’s  candidates for the upcoming legislative elections. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/Reuters

Party of France’s president-elect begins assembling new kind of democracy

 Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, rising star of the extreme right-wing Front National, has announced she is leaving politics to spend time with her daughter and to gain experience in business. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Move by Marion Maréchal-Le Pen a blow to Front National days after election defeat

France’s president-elect, Emmanuel Macron, poses with a woman for a selfie in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

President-elect boosted as former socialist prime minister Manuel Valls joins ticket

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron with outgoing president François Hollande at the ceremony. Photograph: Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Former president Nicolas Sarkozy warns president-elect ‘the hard part starts now’

Many right- and far-right voters fear Macron, left, will be a continuation of François Hollande, right. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Lara Marlowe: His election has not provided any sense of resolution to French angst

Centre-ground candidate surpasses all predictions with landslide victory

Emmanuel Macron: “I practise benevolence. I have never said a negative sentence against anyone.” Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

The new, untried president faces the enormous task of arresting France’s slide

French presidential election candidates Emmanuel Macron,   for the En Marche! movement, and  Marine Le Pen,  for the far-right Front National party. Photographs:  Eric Feferberg,Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Presidential candidates make late push as final polls show Macron well ahead of Le Pen

Supporters show their selfies with Emmanuel Macronduring a campaign visit in Rodez, France, on Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Regis Duvignau

How France slowly, but surely, came round to the idea of a Macron presidency

Marine Le Pen, extreme right-wing candidate in the French presidential election, is protected by bodyguards as eggs are thrown by demonstrators during her arrival in Dol-de-Bretagne on Thursday. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Macron impresses in ugly debate which could be taste of things to come in France

Emmanuel Macron: “Because he has never been a politician, there is a naive side to him.” Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

If Macron wins the presidency, might he have to govern with a PM from the other side?

French presidential election candidates Marine Le Pen  and Emmanuel Macron  before  the start of Wednesday night’s televised debate. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/EPA

Snap opinion poll shows 63 per cent of viewers found Macron more convincing

Election posters of French presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen with graffiti reading “Neither banker, nor fascist”. Photograph: Damien Meyerdamien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images

Macron focuses on demonising his rival as Le Pen caught plagiarising Fillon in speech

François Fillon, the defeated Les Républicains candidate in the French presidential election, whose campaign was beset by financial scandals. “Venial sins,” says a supporter. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Paris Letter: Presidential election chat reveals the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen waves to supporters during her rally in   Villepinte, near Paris, on Monday. Photograph: François Mori/AP

Far-right candidate portrays rival Emmanuel Macron as the embodiment of ‘finance’

Emmanuel Macron and  Brigitte Trogneux  celebrate Macron’s victory in the first round of the French presidential election. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

She's been called a ‘cougar’, but the 64-year-old is poised to become France’s first lady

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen temporarily resigned as leader of the Front National saying she wanted to be “above partisan considerations”. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Holocaust-deniers in Front National hold back candidate’s attempts to present softer image

French election candidate Emmanuel Macron giving a speech during a meeting in Arras on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

Centrist has promised to end France’s two-party system designed by de Gaulle

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron poses for a selfie during a campaign visit in Sarcelles, Paris. Photograph: Martin Bureau/Reuters

French presidential candidates trade insults as they try to appear closer to the people

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche! movement Emmanuel Macron at a ceremony at a monument in memory of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces in 1915, in Paris on Monday. Photograph:  Lionel Bonaventure/EPA

Polls strongly back En Marche! founder for second round but he cannot get complacent

 National Front leader Marine Le Pen addresses activists at the Espace Francois Mitterrand  in Henin Beaumont after the first round of the French presidential election. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Centrist Macron wins first round of French presidential election

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