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

Prime minister Manuel Valls yesterday gave his support to a dramatic reform of France’s incomprehensible social welfare system, which would eventually(...)

 French president François Hollande  visits a factory in Venette on Friday. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty

CRS riot police pushed back demonstrators outside the Musée de l’Homme, where President François Hollande engaged in what was widely billed as his “la(...)

Masked Palestinian Hamas militants watch the televised speech of US President Barack Obama in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip in 2009. AP Photo/Eyad Baba

The horrendous last five years in the Middle East started with joy at the fall of dictators in Tunis and Cairo. Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s flight to (...)

 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

Senior international tax officials met at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Wednesday to discuss responses to the P(...)

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 art expert Éric Turquin on Tuesday unveiled Judith Beheading Holofernes, believed to have been painted by Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio(...)

Emmanuel Macron: Both “Libération” and “Le Figaro” devoted four pages to him in their Friday editions. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

“En Marche!” – “On the march!” or “Forward!” the French economy minister Emmanuel Macron baptised the political movement he launched in his home town (...)

Irish photographer John Minihan in Paris on Monday, 14th March, 2016, five days before his 70th birthday. Photograph: Andrew McLeish.

It is one of the great photographs of the 20th century, the work that secured John Minihan’s place in history. Late one Sunday afternoon in December 1(...)

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

Last year’s jihadist attacks in Paris and the fascination that Islamic State holds for thousands of French youths “is not about the radicalisation of (...)

 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

Salah Abdeslam, the 26-year-old Frenchman arrested by Belgian police in the Brussels neighbourhood of Molenbeek, was in some ways the most mysterious (...)

Hunger striker: an Iranian resident of the “Jungle” camp who has sewn his lips shut. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Aziza lives in a tiny, dilapidated caravan in the Syrian corner of the migrant camp outside the French port of Calais known as the Jungle, living proo(...)