Christine Lagarde, managing director of International Monetary Fund (IMF): placed under formal investigation for “negligence” in the Bernard Tapie financial scandal. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Christine Largarde has been cleared of more serious charges

French president François:  has gone from saying ‘finance is the enemy’ during the 2012 presidential campaign to espousing supply-side economics. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

Former Rothschild banker replaces left-wing rebel Montebourg

French president Francois Hollande watches as prime minister Manuel Valls leaves after their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris yesterday. Photograph: John Schults/Reuters

Former economy minister Arnaud Montebourg becomes leader of socialist rebels

Arnaud Montebourg: said France “must raise its voice” with Germany. Photograph: EPA/Etienne Laurent

Minister Arnaud Montebourg accuses Germany of imposing policy on Europe

Journalist James Foley was on assignment for Boston-based website Global Post and the Agence France-Presse when he was taken hostage at a checkpoint in northern Syria in November 2012. Photograph: AP Photo

Islamic extremists threaten to kill second US journalist held captive

An Islamic State fighter keeps guard as  employees of the group, hired to monitor and check the quality of goods in markets, throw away confiscated products in central Raqqa. Photograph: Reuters

A documentary by an Arab journalist provides a chilling portrayal of life in northern Syria and Iraq

Charles de Gaulle with President Éamon de Valera at Áras an Uachtaráin in June 1969, shortly after the former had resigned as president of France. Researchers in Belfast and Lille have traced de Gaulle’s roots to Co Down. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

Paris Letter: researchers trace ‘last great Frenchman’ to McCartan family

Iraqi Christians celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at Notre Dame de Chaldée in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

Advance of Islamic State radicals could spell end of Christian presence in northern Iraq

Inas (left), an Iraqi Christian living in exile in Paris, talks often to her sister Mariam, a refugee from the jihadists of the Islamic State, via Skype. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

A Christian woman forced to flee Mosul describes the terror there

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