Wounded soldiers arrive at Rheims station from the western front during the first World War. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Joseph Zimet, director general of the Centenary Mission, has spent three years organising French and international commemorations of the beginning (...)

Real power in France in 1914 lay neither with the depressed and overwhelmed prime minister René Viviani, nor with the figurehead president Raymond Poi(...)

British soldiers in the trenches during the first World War. File Photograph: Getty Images

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the first World War and with it comes four years of commemorations. The war began with the assas(...)

French president François Hollande launches France’s first World War commemorations at the Élysée Palace in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Alain Jocard/Reuters

French president François Hollande yesterday launched France’s commemorations of the first World War with an appeal to the French people to pull toget(...)

French author and philosopher Albert Camus (1913-1960) on a terrace outside his Paris office in 1957. Photograph: Loomis Dean/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

That Camus became one of the finest writers of the 20th century and a Nobel laureate is something of a miracle. The writer was born 100 years ago, on (...)