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”

Dogs and a monkey died from same drug before it was tried on humans

Children sit near a fire as migrants and refugees wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece. Photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images

As tensions flare, migration commissioner warns system could completely break down

Phil Hogan meeting French prime minister Manuel Valls and French agriculture minister Stephane Le Foll in Paris on Thursday. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

French PM says agriculture commissioner ‘must fully assume’ his responsibilities

Taxi drivers protest over Uber, near the Etoile in Paris in January. Photograph:  Thomas Samson/Reuters/AFP

Taxis enjoyed a tight street monopoly for years. But arrival of Uber has changed all that

Prefect of Pas de Calais Fabienne Buccio speaks to reporters on Thursday about the expulsion order for the southern part  of the  camp known as the Jungle. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Authorities want humanitarian groups to help persuade migrants to leave voluntarily

French judge Valerie Quemener tours a makeshift camp outside Calais, France, today. Photograph: Jerome Delay/AP Photo

Tribunal postpones evictions as judge visits shanty town of 3,500 migrants

Aida (9) walks in the mud in the southern part of a camp for migrants. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

A French judge will inspect the site where thousands live on Tuesday

Residents walk through  mud in the  ‘jungle’ camp  in Calais.  Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Thousands face immediate evacuation if Lille tribunal decides against them on Tuesday

France’s labour minister, Myriam El Khomri, who will  defend the new labour law  in the National Assembly in April and in the Senate in May. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Law would make it easier to fire employees on economic grounds

A protester farmer holds an EU flag among flakes of eggs boxes sprayed by farmers using a chipper in front of the Ile de France headquarters of the ASP,  in Montreuil, outside Paris, to protest against the falling prices of their products. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Farmers addicted to old-fashioned EU policies losing out in new post-quota world

Jesse Hughes (centre), lead singer of  the Eagles of Death Metal: Speaking on French television, Hughes, a   Republican and supporter of the National Rifle Association, said “Did your French gun control stop a single f**king person from dying at the Bataclan?”  Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty

Californian band’s lead singer makes emotional plea for greater access to guns

John Minihan’s portrait of Samuel Beckett from the cover of André Bernold’s ‘Beckett, A Friendship’, translated by Max McGuinness

Men of words – Beckett, André Bernold and Max McGuinness

Primark also a winner at gala dinner in Paris

Former French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault: to succeed Laurent Fabius as foreign minister. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

No clear policy changes apart from attempt to bring Greens back into French government

French police work in the wreckage of a school bus after it crashed into a truck killing at least six children, police said. Photograph: Xavier Leoty/AFP/Getty Images

Drivers of bus and lorry taken into custody after collision in port town of Rochefort

French foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius (bottom left) reacts as deputies applaud  at the National Assembly in Paris on Wednesday.  Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Controversial move on stripping nationality from terrorists squeaks by on slim margin

Children write on the blackboard in a Marseille school. File photograph: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images

Paris Letter: Attempt to change the spelling of some words stirs a social media storm

 French journalist and author Nicolas Hénin: ‘Bashar al-Assad is responsible for between seven and 10 times as many civilian deaths as Islamic State.’  Photograph:  Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Political plan is essential to checking ‘ocean of death’ in Syria, says Nicolas Hénin

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A lot of nerve: Bruno Le Maire and  Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

With electorate tired of Sarkozy and Hollande, is Bruno Le Maire a sight for sore eyes?

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France’s prime minister Manuel Valls says the country’s state of emergency will continue “as long as necessary”. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

French interior ministry report is used to justify extending state of emergency

Until his conversion to Islam, football was Quentin Roy’s great passion. He is believed to have died with Islamic State fighters in Syria at the age of 23

Lara Marlowe: Family and friends grieve for ‘the real Quentin’, not the fallen jihadi fighter

French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut poses in the Institut de France library prior to his induction ceremony at the Académie francaise on Thursday. Photograph: EPA/Christophe Petit Tesson

Secular Jew philosopher’s elevation coincides with the French drift to the right

French president François Hollande  welcomes Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani as he arrives at the Élysée Palace in Paris.  Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Years of mutual mistrust could not be erased in an instant by the stroke of a pen

Christiane Taubira waves to staff from her bicycle as she leaves the justice ministry in Paris following her resignation on Wednesday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Christiane Taubira steps down over plan to strip convicted terrorists of their nationality

Iran president Hassan Rouhani said he was looking to shore up economic ties with European Union countries, as he started a four-day trip to Italy and France. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Trip after nuclear accord marks start of normalisation and step to stabilising Middle East

Policemen from the Ile de France region hold a banner reading “Don’t touch our years of services benefits” as they demonstrate in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

Trade union CGT claimed up to 150,000 civil servants demonstrated across France

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

France and the jihadists seem locked in a wrestlers’ hold, a mutual fascination and loathing which neither can escape

 Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud is suspected of being the  ringleader behind  the Paris attacks in November. Photograph:  AP

Analysis: Islamic State’s influence among French Muslims is a result of many factors

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