President Michael D Higgins at the meeting of the Conseil Economique, Social et Environmental in Paris with former UN secretary general Kofi Annan. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins took a holistic approach to climate change in his first major address on the subject, arguing that the great challenges(...)

The President of the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council Jean-Paul Delevoye greets Irish president Michael D Higgins upon his arrival to attend the Paris Summit of Conscience for the Climate. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins feels so strongly about the European migrant crisis he brings the topic up with every foreign leader he meets, including t(...)

President Michael D Higgins  meets with HE Tony de Brum, Foreign Minister, Marshall Islands and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

President Michael D Higgins arrived in Paris on Monday to attend the “Summit of Consciences for the Climate” organised by President François Hollande.(...)

Correspondence between French diplomats strongly suggests the complete remains of WB Yeats were not returned. Photograph: Getty Images 1:46

The French diplomat who was dispatched to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin to locate the remains of William Butler Yeats nine years after the poet’s death report(...)

Diplomatic documents unearthed in France reveal bones sent by the French were not WB Yeats’s bones 1:46

There were doubts about the authenticity of WB Yeats’s bones even before they were transferred from France for reburial in Drumcliffe churchyard in(...)

France still has a mission to civilise the world, and is utterly convinced she is right

1. LIVE FOR BEAUTY With the possible exception of Italy, no other nation has such a highly developed sense of aesthetics. The creation of beauty(...)

‘Flamby’ no more: France’s president, Francois Hollande,  in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Ian Langdson/EPA

France’s president, François Hollande, is not in the habit of bragging, but he’s likely to be unusually cheerful in his annual televised interview mar(...)

French ecology minister Ségolène Royal has already become a central figure in the presidency of her former partner François Hollande. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Revenge is a dish best eaten cold. A decade ago, Ségolène Royal watched helplessly as Valérie Trierweiler, a journalist at Paris Match magazine who(...)

Historic Catholic cathedral  Notre Dame de Paris: the controversy over using French churches as mosques is polarising politicians, intellectuals and media

The conservative weekly Valeurs Actuelles blames Dalil Boubakeur, rector of Paris’s Grand Mosque and president of the French Council of Muslims, for t(...)

Deal to be done?: a student protests in Tehran in support of Iran’s nuclear programme. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP

So Iran is about to clinch a deal with the world’s great powers? Maybe. The umpteenth deadline passed on July 9th, when the United States Congress do(...)