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

France’s justice minister, Christiane Taubira, resigned yesterday because of what she described as “a major political disagreement” over stripping Fre(...)

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

France will receive Iranian president Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday and Thursday with all the pomp and ceremony of an official visit, including military(...)

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

Tens of thousands of French teachers, civil servants, hospital workers, taxi drivers, air traffic controllers and farmers went on strike yesterday (...)

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

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

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

I interviewed Marie, the mother of a French convert to Islam who joined Islamic State, in late 2014. After the January 2015 Charlie Hebdo massacre t(...)

President François Hollande: “Aside from the security of the French people, the only question that matters is employment.” Photograph: Yoan Valat/Reuters

France’s president François Hollande yesterday declared “a state of economic and social emergency,” as he unveiled a €2 billion plan to overhaul (...)

The Tánaiste Joan Burton with Minister for Business and Employment Jed Nash and Joe Costello at the launch of the Labour Party’s Workers Charter  earlier this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland had not chaired a ministerial meeting at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the club of the world’s 34 most i(...)

 David Begg: defending her decision to appoint Mr Begg as Pensions Authority chairman, Joan Burton said he “has an outstanding record in this area”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tánaiste Joan Burton faces a motion of no confidence in the Dáil next week over her decision to bypass a competitive process and appoint former trade (...)

French health minister Marisol Touraine and neuroscientist Gilles Edan. The minister promised to “get to the bottom of this tragic accident”. Photograph: Reuters/Stephane Mahe

One man is brain dead and four others are likely to suffer “irreversible handicaps” after participating in a drug trial for a French company that spe(...)

Rob Lawrie with Bahar Ahmadi who he was asked to smuggle to the UK from Calais. He was facing up to five years in jail but the judge in Boulogne-sur-Mer merely gave him a symbolic fine and then suspended it. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Rob Lawrie, a 49-year-old former British army soldier, risked five years in prison and a €30,000 fine for trying to smuggle a four-year-old Afghan gir(...)