French ecology minister Ségolène Royal has already become a central figure in the presidency of her former partner François Hollande. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Revenge is a dish best eaten cold. A decade ago, Ségolène Royal watched helplessly as Valérie Trierweiler, a journalist at Paris Match magazine who(...)

A man walks past a makeshift memorial for French policeman Ahmed Merabet near the site where he was shot dead. Photograph: Joel Saget/Getty Images 1:37

On Boulevard Richard Lenoir, as a sea of people made their way towards Place de la République to join the march, many of them paused at a shrine of ca(...)

Actress Lauren Bacall has died oaged 89 years old. Photograph: by Baron/Getty Images 1:27

Lauren Bacall, the actress whose provocative glamour elevated her to stardom in Hollywood’s golden age and whose lasting mystique put her on a plateau(...)

Josephine  de Beauharnais: dsescribed by 19th century historian Frédéric Masson as a woman of easy virtue who spent a huge amount of money. Image: Musée du Luxembourg

“I awake filled with you. Your portrait and yesterday’s intoxicating evening left no repose for my senses. Gentle, incomparable Josephine, what(...)

Caribbean holiday in January with a €6,000 budget
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My husband and I are visiting Cape Town for five days in early December, arriving by cruise and departing by air, and would appreciate suggestions on (...)

Denis O’Brien

Denis O’Brien is seeking to raise another $300 million (€230 million) via a bond offering for the Caribbean and America(...)