French police cordon off the area where a decapitated body was  found near the Air Products company, in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier. Photograph: AFP  2:13

It was the severed head stuck on the factory security fence, like a trophy, that most horrified France on Friday morning. In Syria and Iraq, Islamic (...)

Dominique Cottrez (51) appears in the courtroom of Douai, northern France, accused of multiple counts of first-degree murder of minors. Photograph: Michel Spingler/AP Photo

It was, a lawyer for an association that is suing Dominique Cottrez said, “an extraordinary crime committed by an ordinary woman”. Ms Cottrez went on(...)

French President François Hollande meets with parliamentarians at the Elysée Palace in Paris after revelations of US spying on French presidents. Photograph: Charles Platiau/AFP/Getty Images

French politicians yesterday vied to see who could make the most morally outraged statements about past spying by the US National Security Agency on F(...)

rench foreign minister Laurent Fabius held a meeting on the proposal with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, the West Bank, on Sunday. Photograph: Thomas Coex/EPA

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius’s initiative was considered the last hope of reviving the dead “peace process” between Israel and Palestinians.(...)

In 2005, the clothes company Marithé et François Girbaud hung a 400sq m poster of fashion models imitating the apostles in Leonardo’s Last Supper (above) at a busy intersection. A Catholic association sued on the grounds that it was offensive to Catholics.

Anne-Elisabeth Credeville retires this month after 41 years on the bench, 24 of which were spent at the Cour de Cassation, France’s supreme court. She(...)

French president Francois Hollande speaks to journalists upon his arrival in Algiers. Paris and Algiers are enjoying a period of exceptionally good relations. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

The leaders of France and Algeria doubtless rejoiced in the reported killing of Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar when they met in president Abdela(...)

Former IMF director  Dominique Strauss-Kahnleaves his apartment in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Dominique Strauss-Kahn stood impassively as a judge announced his acquittal on charges of “aggravated pimping”. Strauss-Kahn’s only comment, mutter(...)

Ambassador Geraldine Byrne-Nason (in purple, front row) with Senator Helene Conway-Mouret (on her left) and guest of honour Marie-Christine Saragosse (to her right). Photograph: Lara Marlowe

When Ambassador Geraldine Byrne-Nason arrived in Paris last year, she and her Swedish counterpart started an informal network of nearly 20 women ambas(...)

Thirty-seven years ago, when Paul McGuinness signed a virtually unknown teen rock band called U2, he was also interested in making movies. After dr(...)

 Nicolas Hulot, the French president’s envoy, said there was a new awareness on the part of the world’s two biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Photograph: Frederic Stevens/Getty Images

When asked what is at stake in next December’s COP 21 conference on global warming, Nicolas Hulot quotes a participant at a recent climate change gath(...)