French National Front leader Marine Le Pen’s anti-EU and anti-immigration May Day rally speech in Paris  was interrupted by her father, the party’s founder and honorary president Jean-Marie Le Pen. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Half-naked feminists, her embarrassing old father, financial scandal, the socialist mayor of Paris and crowd-thinning rain all conspired to wreck M(...)

French president Francois Hollande: said would “make an example” of up to 16 French soldiers if allegations contained in a United Nations report leaked to a newspaper prove true

President François Hollande has said he would “show no mercy” and would “make an example” of up to 16 French soldiers accused of sexually abusing chi(...)

Velázquez’s only surviving nude: Toilet of Venus (1647-51). Photograph © National Gallery, London/Réunion des Musées Nationaux

It was rotten being a royal in 17th-century Spain. The populace were decimated by plague and endless war. The Dutch and French coveted one’s territ(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls says the Irish economic performance is “good news for Ireland and it’s very good news for Europe”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It was perhaps the moment Taoiseach Enda Kenny had been waiting for, an endorsement that showed there had been a slight shift in “the power dynamic” b(...)

French Ambassador to Ireland Jean Pierre Thebault with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls outside the new French embassy on Merrion Square in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Ever since French general Jean Joseph Amable Humbert tried to liberate Ireland in 1798, big France and little Ireland have usually ended up on the sam(...)

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls inaugurating the new French embassy with Tánaiste Joan Burton at Merrion Square in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The French prime minister, Manuel Valls, inaugurated the new French embassy on Merrion Square yesterday, saying: “Today, more than ever, France wan(...)

Though his presidential ambitions are well known, French prime minister Manuel Valls has been faultlessly loyal to President François Hollande. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

French prime minister Manuel Valls arrives in Dublin today for a two-day visit. Taoiseach Enda Kenny may be pleasantly surprised by the French lead(...)

The Hotel-Dieu hospital where Sid-Ahmed Ghlam, a computer science student suspected of plotting attacks on churches and murdering a young French woman, is undergoing police questioning in Paris. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

An Algerian student of computer science has been arrested for plotting to attack one or two churches in Villejuif outside Paris, French authorities s(...)

France’s President Francois Hollande (left)  with French diplomat Laurent Stefanini. File photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Paris will not withdraw the nomination of career diplomat Laurent Stefanini as ambassador to the Holy See, sources at the Élysée Palace and the foreig(...)

 French   National Front leader Marine Le Pen is kissed by her father Jean-Marie Le Pen after she was   re-elected as president of the party. The party  is in “an unprecedented crisis”, Ms Le Pen told ‘Le Monde’. Photograph: Laurent Cipriani/AP

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the 86-year-old founder of the extreme right-wing National Front (FN), risks losing his title of honorary president and even expul(...)