French finance minister Michel Sapin. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/ EPA

In tone, French finance minister Michel Sapin’s was markedly more subdued as he outlined the fiscal landscape than President François Hollande’s past (...)

Twenty years ago this month, the first Eurostar service left London’s Waterloo station for Paris. The service still its challenges as many of the carriages feel dated, while wifi is not available. Photograph: Reuters

Zipping through the sedate countryside of northern Belgium, the distinctive blue and yellow blur of the Eurostar can be seen, darting through the tunn(...)

Ian Bailey arriving at the Four Courts yesterday for the third week of his High Court action for damages. Photograph:  Collins

Journalist Ian Bailey told colleagues he believed he was being regarded by police as a suspect for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier while they(...)

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(...)

Leaders pose for a group photo at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit at the International Convention Center in Yanqi Lake, Beijing. Photograph: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

There were lighthearted moments during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Beijing last week: the odd censoring of coverage of a mo(...)

Frank McGuinness in Pearse Street Library, Dublin last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

If you were to put a gun to my head and demand I tell you what I believe to be the loveliest aria in all opera, I think I would surprise you. You coul(...)

World and Olympic champion Ilya Ilyin of Kazakhstan. Photograph: Getty Images.

After the disappointment of that kick-about in Glasgow on Friday, a change of sporting pace was required over the weekend, one where you wouldn’t be q(...)

World leaders meeting yesterday at the G20 summit in Brisbane to discuss transatlantic trade and the situation in Ukraine. Pgotograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

G20 leaders have backed a drive against the use of shell companies and trusts to engage in tax evasion and money-laundering, after China dropped a l(...)

A two-cornered hat that belonged to French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was sold to a South Korean bidder for €1.9 million at an auction near Paris today. The famous item was offered during the ‘Napoleonic Collection of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco’. Photograph: Bury Michel/Osenat Auction House/EPA.

A two-cornered hat that belonged to French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was sold to a South Korean bidder for €1.9 million at an auction near Paris tod(...)

 US president Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

Surprise, even shock, greeted the announcement this week that China and the United States had agreed to strengthen their co-operation on cutting green(...)