Champigny-sur-Marne, east of Paris, home of the mother of Michael Dos Santos, believed to be the second French jihadi involved in the killing of US hostage Peter Kassig and 18 Syrian pilots. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

French intelligence sources yesterday confirmed that a second French citizen, Michael Dos Santos, participated in the decapitation of a US hostage an(...)

’ I don’t know any Irish people in France who can’t speak French’ File photograph: Martin Keene/PA Wire

When Ciarán Mac Guill moved to Paris 20 years ago, the accountant from Dundalk intended to “go native”. But he ended up exploring the city with a fell(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy: his most faithful lieutenants have disavowed his stand on gay marriage. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

Nicolas Sarkozy needs a dictator’s score in the November 29th election for the leadership of the conservative UMP – something like 80 per cent – if h(...)

Mahvash Sabet: her faith is considered a “deviant sect” in Iran. Photograph: Pen

The international writers’ association Pen marks its 33rd annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer today with appeals on behalf of five writers, from Came(...)

François Fillon (centre), former French prime minister and current centre-right UMP political party deputy, attends the National Assembly in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

A pathetic political soap opera that began with a lunch between French president François Hollande’s chief of staff and the former prime minister Fran(...)

French “1798” re-enactors fire a volley over the grave of Private Stephen Kennedy, their “brother in arms”. Photograph: Des Harris

Father John MacLellan stood over the grave of Private Stephen Kennedy and addressed him directly, 100 years after Kennedy, who was born in Ardoughan, (...)

The names of nearly 580,000 soldiers from allied nations are engraved at the international memorial for fallen soldiers at Ablain St-Nazaire French Military Cemetery. Photograph: Denis Charlet/AFP/Getty Images

“Lorette,” the French soldier Louis Barthas wrote in his memoir, “a sinister name evoking horror and the terror of dark woods, paths, plateaux and rav(...)

 Alain Juppé after an extraordinary meeting of the opposition UMP last year. The party’s nominee – likely Juppé, Nicolas Sarkozy or François Fillon – is almost certain to win the presidency in 2017. Photograph: Getty Images

France’s main opposition party, the conservative UMP, is €74 million in debt. Investigating magistrates searched its offices on October 29th for evide(...)

Brasserie Bofinger in Paris. Photographs: Getty

Every once in a while, the French think about the last supper. Not Christ’s repast with the apostles, but their own last meal; the one they would o(...)

Pablo Picasso died, in April 1973, leaving a  fortune estimated at the equivalent of €660 million. Photograph: Getty

When President François Hollande, the crème de la crème of the cultural world and the heirs of the Picasso fortune gathered last weekend to celebrate (...)