The seized painting,  ‘Head of a Young Woman’, by Picasso, at the customs offices in Calvi. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Kim Willsher in Paris When French customs officers boarded a yacht docked off the town of Calvi in northern Corsica, they knew exactly what they were (...)

A comprehension question concerning a woman smuggling a tortoise onto an airplane   was one of the highlights of this year’s Junior Cert higher-level French exam. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Whoever set this year’s Junior Cert higher-level French paper must have been in a good mood, judging by the general reaction to the paper. Many of t(...)

Unlawfully obtained material is to be disclosed in family law action. H vs H (2015) IEHC 58 (High Court, Abbott J, January 23rd, 2015) The High Court,(...)

A beach in Ölüdeniz, Turkey, one of the hot spots for 2015

BELGRADE Recent history relegated Serbia to the role of international pariah, but that’s all changed now and Belgrade has reaffirmed itsel(...)

Refloated: people watch as the Costa Concordia is towed away from Giglio this week. Photograph: Laura Lezza/Getty Images

On the lovely Italian island of Giglio they have been dealing with shipwrecks for quite some time. Archaeologists have discovered the remains of Etrus(...)

A view of the  works to refloat the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Giglio Island, Italy. The Concordia’s eagerly awaited departure from Giglio now seems set for Tuesday rather than tomorrow.  Photograph: Claudio Giovanni/EPA

For a man with a serious weight of responsibility sitting on his shoulders, Dutch tug captain, Hans Bosch, sounded very confident at a press conferenc(...)

Aylesford bridge at Sunset

We are four ladies (over 60) visiting London for a few days and we would like to see a bit of the countryside by train and maybe stay overnight. We wo(...)

French president François Hollande and his partner Valérie Trierweiler. She travelled with him the US in 2012 where, she said, Michelle Obama gave her advice about the difficulties of being first lady. Photograph: Pierre Andrieu/Reuters

France’s president François Hollande will face hundreds of journalists this afternoon in a press conference at the Élysée Palace, four days after Clos(...)

The peloton negotiates a climb during stage three from Ajaccio to Calvi in Corsica.

Stage 3, Ajaccio - Calvi (145.5km)The Tour de France is three stages down and now moves to the French mainland in Nice. The time in Corsica came to an(...)

Irish  cyclist Daniel  Martin: capable of doing well on the climbs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ever since the legendary Italian cyclist Fausto Coppi took the first Tour de France stage win on the Alpe d’Huez in 1952, it has been the most fear(...)