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

A woman walks past electoral posters of French presidential election candidates in Paris. Photograph: Gabriel Bouysgabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

In Paris’s 12th district, only one voter is enthusiastic – and no Le Pen voter can be found

Decisions, decisions: A man looks at campaign posters of the 11th candidates running in the 2017 French presidential election, in Saint Andre de La Roche, near Nice, France. Photograph: Reuters/Eric Gaillard

Extreme right, extreme left and extreme dishonesty have characterised France’s presidential election campaign

French presidential election candidates:  Francois Fillon of  the right-wing Les Republicans (LR) party;  Marine Le Pen   of the far-right Front National (FN) party; Emmanuel Macron of the En Marche! movement; and  Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the  far left coalition La France Insoumise. Photographs: AFP/Getty Images

The presidential election starts on Sunday. How will it work? Who’s in the race?

 The Champs Elysees in Paris:   The choice of victims and place in this latest attack appears to be deliberate. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Marine Le Pen had complained opponents refused to discuss issue during the campaign

The election candidates take part in a television show: The government has mobilised 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers to protect polling stations. Photograph: Martin Bureaumartin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Four of the 11 candidates stand a chance of reaching the May 7th run-off

Police officers secure the area after a gunman opened fire on Champs Elysees. One police officer has been killed, and a second injured by a gunman on The Champs Elysees. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Police detain three family members French citizen after shooting claimed by Islamic State

An armed soldier secures a side road near the Champs-Élysées after a policemen was killed and two others wounded in a shooting in Paris. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Counter-terrorism investigation under way after policeman is killed on Champs-Élysées

 Front National leader Marine Le Pen acknowledges the cheers of supporters at her final campaign rally, in Marseille, ahead of Sunday’s first-round vote in the French presidential election. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Far-right leader rouses supporters in final rally ahead of presidential vote on Sunday

Self-made man: French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron   poses for a selfie with employees at the   Rungis wholesale food market, south of Paris, on Tuesday. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/AP

Emmanuel-the-good slugs it out with sulphurous rivals in final week of campaigning

 Marine Le Pen invoked her immunity as an MEP when she refused to respond. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

National Front leader did not respond to judges’ summonses in February and March

A campaign poster in Marseilles of French presidential candidate for the ‘En Marche!’ movement Emmanuel Macron with French president François Hollande. Photograph: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images

French presidential candidate seeks to distance himself from deeply unpopular incumbent

French presidential election candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s biting humour has endeared him to many voters. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s breakthrough in polls has prompted a whiff of cold war panic

Bordeaux:  A 21-year-old woman filed a complaint at Bordeaux police headquarters saying she had been raped by players after meeting them at a nightclub in Bordeaux

Prosecutor to investigate Denis Coulson, Rory Grice and Loick Jammes of Grenoble

Marine Le Pen during an election campaign event in Paris on Monday. “I don’t think that France is responsible for the Vél d’Hiv,” she said earlier this week. Photograph: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

Remarks by French Front National leader on deportation of Jews provoke fury

Emmanuel Macron, the candidate of choice among optimistic voters in the French presidential election, according to pollsters. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Pollsters say voters divided between pro-globalisation and ‘fortress France’ camps

French presidential election: Emmanuel Macron campaigning in Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Étienne Laurent/EPA

French presidential front-runner is the first unabashedly pro-European leader in more than a decade

Presidential candidate Francois Fillon in Paris on Thursday: “Unless France puts order in its accounts, unless it liberates its economy, neither Franco-German entente nor the re-foundation of Europe is possible,” he said. Photograph:  Charles Platiau/Reuters

French conservative candidate in eye of ‘fake jobs’ scandal lays out European credentials

Independent candidate Emmanuel Macron and Philippe Poutou of Anti-Capitalist Party (left) during Tuesday night’s French presidential election debate near Paris. Photograph:  Lionel Bonaventure/Reuters

Analysis: Main candidates made to squirm as outsiders ask tough questions

New Anti-Capitalist Party candidate  Philippe Poutou during Tuesday night’s television debate in the French presidential election. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Anti-capitalist candidate draws applause and laughter with attacks on Fillon and Le Pen

American billionaire and philanthropist Thomas Kaplan put the world’s largest private collection of Rembrandts on show at the Louvre

US billionaire to loan three paintings to Dublin exhibition he financed research for

 Marine Le Pen,  leader of far-right Front National. She denounces dire forecasts as fear-mongering by her opponents. Photograph: Mathieu Cugnot/EPA

Victory for Marine Le Pen would mark political revolution capable of sinking project

French presidential candidates François Fillon (Les Républicains),  Emmanuel Macron (En Marche!),  Jean-Luc Mélenchon (La France Insoumise),  Marine Le Pen (Front National)  and  Benoît Hamon (French Socialist party). Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

Le Pen was aggressive and sarcastic, Fillon showed poise, and Macron appeared a novice

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche! movement  Emmanuel Macron  ahead of a wide-ranging televised debate that went on until well after midnight. Photograph:  Eliot Blondet/AFP/Getty Images

Emmanuel Macron accused by Marine Le Pen of ‘mind-boggling emptiness’

Marine Le Pen, French National Front party leader: “I have no Nazis around me.”  Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier

Le Pen’s efforts to legitimise Front National undermined by ideology of associates

 Police  help  students leave the scene of the  shooting at Lycee Alexis de Tocqueville  in Grasse, near Cannes, southern France, on Thursday. Photograph: Olivier Anrigo/EPA

Teenage gunman obsessed by Columbine massacre in US but has ‘no link’ to terrorism

Leo Varadkar has said spending limits should be imposed on those participating in the leadership contest. Photograph: Oliver Hoslet/EPA

Minister says there should be spending limits for candidates in Fine Gael leadership race

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has criticised a push by Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin for the unification of Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister believes parties trying to exploit Brexit and approach will alienate unionists

 François Fillon leaves his apartment in Paris on Wednesday. His failure to declare a controversial secret loan  is the least of the alleged offences for which he was placed under investigation on Tuesday. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

François Fillon the first presidential candidate to be placed under judiciary investigation

Campaign posters of French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron.  Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty

Director of France’s oldest polling company thinks Le Pen will be defeated in run-off

Marine Le Pen (left) of the French far-right Front National  party  speaks at a gathering hosted by small businesses group Ethic. Photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images

Right-wing presidential candidate says she will resign if she fails to take France out of euro

French senate president Gerard Larcher makes a statement at conservative party Les Républicains’ headquarters after a meeting to discuss the presidential candidacy of Francois Fillon. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

French conservative party abandons attempted move against presidential nominee

Former French prime minister François Fillon: Six weeks into “Penelopegate” opinion polls indicate he will be eliminated in the first round on April 23rd. Photograph: Reuters

Corruption scandal consumes conservative nominee weeks before voting begins

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon delivers a speech at a rally in Paris on Sunday. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

The beleaguered conservative presidential candidate attracts thousands of supporters

The Palais Rose, a pink-marble reproduction of the Versailles Trianon, was the last of the belle époque palaces, an the scene of many lavish soirees.

The French count burned through $10 million of his American heiress wife’s fortune. Their treasures are for sale for the first tim(...)

Emmanuel Macron unveils his election manifesto in Paris on Thursday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Supporters are fleeing Francois Fillon as Emmanuel Macron presents his manifesto

French conservative presidential candidate François Fillon is currently running third in polls, after the Front National candidate, Marine Le Pen, and the independent centrist Emmanuel Macron. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters.

Conservative candidate says summons over scheme is ‘political assassination’

Alain Philippe and Gérard Marchand, the deputy mayor and mayor of Brachay. “I’m not a racist, but you ask yourself if you’re in your own country,” Marchand says. Photograph: Anne-Elisabeth Crédeville

The far-right Front National leader has forged a strong bond with this tiny commune

French presidential  candidate  Marine Le Pen saluted Trump’s “realism and determination to change things”. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Front National leader’s popularity continues to grow, despite scandal over assistants

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